Thursday, July 31, 2014 Av 4, 5774

Just as we approach the midpoint of summer -- a time that should be filled with joy and contentment -- the Jewish world is once again facing some sobering truths. Eighteen years to the day after a massive bomb destroyed the Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, taking countless innocent lives, terror struck again on July 18, this time in...
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By:
Robert E. Bershad
The recent toppling of 43 gravestones of Jews in Vienna's Central Cemetery suggests that anti-Semitism is alive and well in Austria, but this doesn't tell the whole story. Austria's relationship with its Jewish present and past is actually complex and filled with nuance. On one hand, as I witnessed on a recent trip there with the American Jewish Committee, its...
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If anyone had any doubt that this was going to be a brutal election season in our community, you only had to be at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park on Monday night to see that the gloves are already off. What should have been an opportunity to hear President Barack Obama's top Jewish surrogate make the case for...
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Rabbi Michael Knopf
Last week, the Freeh Report revealed that Penn State's leaders covered up Jerry Sandusky's crimes to protect the university's image, its football program and Joe Paterno's reputation. This outrageous moral failure is inexcusable. But in addition to righteous indignation, we might also use the news as an opportunity for self-reflection. As my teacher, Rabbi Sharon Brous, taught in a recent...
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Much of the Jewish community along the Old York Road corridor is up in arms over the proposed merger of Abington Health with Holy Redeemer Health System. They have good reason to be incensed. As our cover story reports this week, both hospitals are being tight-lipped about the reasons for the merger and what the implications will be. The only...
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