Tuesday, June 2, 2015 Sivan 15, 5775

What better time to reflect on the warm and welcoming embrace of Shabbat than during this year's record-setting, snow-infused winter? As our cover story this week illustrates, introductions to Shabbat rituals and experiences are all the rage in our area, from a "Shabbat U" at Beth Am Israel in Penn Valley to "A Taste of Shabbat" at Congregation Ohev Shalom...
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Paper Got It All Wrong When It Comes to J Street As someone who has devoted years of my life to Israel advocacy, I am appalled by the Jewish Exponent's coverage of J Street and its recent Philadelphia event (City & Suburb: "Competing 'Streets' Meet, but Manage Not to Intersect," Feb. 11). While the newspaper has striven for an evenhanded...
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Every several years, the tenor of conversation in the Jewish community reaches such a feverish pitch that it necessitates a new call for civility. Now is one of those times. In fact, many observers and activists well-seasoned in the rough-and-tumble world of Jewish politics say that they have never before witnessed the level of stridency and vitriol that is characterizing...
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Why All the Vitriol When J Street's Brought Up? I don't understand the personal vitriol so abundant in the critiques of J-Street (Cover Story: "A New Street in Town, and So Far, It's a Little Bumpy," Jan. 28). The politics in Israel are far more robust and testy than anything put out by J Street or AIPAC, so why all...
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By:
Leslie Hilgeman
Growing up in an interfaith family -- Mom was Jewish and Dad wasn't -- our faiths were often seen from the outside as a source of tension and controversy. Inside the family, we were told that no one was worth any more or less due to the faith in which he or she was raised. But deep inside, I still...
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