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Adin Steinsaltz, Scholar Who Made the Talmud More Accessible, Dies at 83

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By Ben Harris Rabbi Adin Even-Israel Steinzaltz, the acclaimed scholar whose landmark translation of the Talmud enabled a vast readership to access one of Judaism’s...

Community Briefs: Songwriter, Satell and Community Losses

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Holocaust Survivor Manya Perel Dies at 97 Manya Frydman Perel, who survived eight concentration camps, then spent years telling her story to thousands of students,...

Beit Din Activity Slows, Doesn’t Stop

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At the beginning of quarantine, one way to get a quick, cheap laugh was to predict a coming uptick in divorces. Couples spending an...

South Philadelphia Shtiebel Moves on From Prayer Space, Looks Ahead

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“How doth the city sit solitary, that was full of people!” begins Eicha, read aloud by Jews all over the world on Tisha B’Av...

Building a Business During a Pandemic? For Some, It Works

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Gettacar CEO Yossi Levi said his startup is exceeding its 2020 sales forecast by more than 100%.  “It’s just been bananas,” he said. The Northeast Philadelphia-based...

Israeli Research Institution to Launch Human Trials of Coronavirus Vaccine

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By Marcy Oster JERUSALEM — An Israeli national research institute will begin human trials of a coronavirus vaccine after the High Holiday season ends in October. Israeli...

BZBI Leads Teen Racial Justice Group

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After protests against police brutality and systemic racism rocked Philadelphia, Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel created the Philly Jewish Teen Racial Justice Action Group to...

Jewish Couples Pivot to Microweddings

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Wedding photographer Yael Pachino is not as busy as usual this summer, but far busier than she expected when pandemic shutdowns began changing nuptial...

Fairmount Chabad Ramps Up Food Distribution

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Chabad of Fairmount and the IBEW Local 98 shared more than just a neighborhood on July 28. The two organizations, separated by just a few...

Cantor Takes Winding Path to Profession

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Jacob Agar’s story encompasses the fall of the Soviet Union, a singing grandfather and a guitarist from the band Twisted Sister.  And Agar, 28, who...