Monday, May 4, 2015 Iyyar 15, 5775

American Jews, like all Americans, have much at stake in the next appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court. Which is why we need to pay close attention to President Barack Obama's nominee, Sonia Sotomayor, as the Senate confirmation process gets under way. Jewish groups were quick to identify with her poignant personal story and point out the significance of her...
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By:
Philip A. Cunningham and Rabbi Ruth Langer
The ranges of Jewish and Catholic reactions to Pope Benedict XVI's journey to Jordan and Israel reveal more about the dynamics of interfaith discourse than about the trip itself. The pope's trip, in its symbolic opportunities, largely duplicated that of John Paul II in 2000, creating obvious points of comparison. Because of differences between these two men's biographies and personalities,...
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Rabbi Joshua Elkin
Matthew Maryles, a veteran board leader of a prominent Jewish day school in the New York area, once said that such an education is so fundamentally important to the community's future that its funding must be seen as a multi-generational responsibility. Luckily, large-scale investment in Jewish day schools is not a new thing for Philadelphia. In addition to ongoing support...
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Does World Need Another Holocaust Memorial? As per your April 23 cover story, "Monument to the Six Million," about a possible Holocaust memorial being built in Atlantic City, I would venture to say there is one in every large city throughout the United States, plus the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. However, Rabbi Gordon Geller, religious leader of...
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The passing of Rabbi Gerald I. Wolpe, who died this week at the age of 81, marks the end of an era for Philadelphia Jewry. His legacy extends well beyond Har Zion Temple, the influential congregation where he served as the much-beloved religious leader for 30 years. Though he stepped down from his pulpit a decade ago, he continued to...
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