Op-Ed

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Opinion | #ShowUpForShabbat: Gather, Remember and Act

By Marcia Bronstein The massacre at the Tree of Life building last year left American Jews feeling raw and vulnerable. That it happened in our...
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Opinion | We Stood Together As One After the Shooting

By Toby Tabachnick Jewish Pittsburgh has much to be proud of. In the months following Oct. 27, 2018 — the day a white supremacist gunman killed...
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Opinion | Abandoning the Kurds Is a Shanda

By Robert Sklaroff and Sherkoh Abbas President Donald Trump is serving a Kurd sandwich — one that has been assembled by Turkish President Recep Tayyip...
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Opinion | Why I Let My Daughter Get a Nose Job

By Lisa Tognola This story originally appeared on Kveller. Last month, when my teenage daughter, Elana, told me she had something important to discuss, I assumed...
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Opinion | Why I Don’t Dance on Simchat Torah

The last time I danced — really danced — on Simchat Torah was the evening of Oct. 8, 1993. I remember the date specifically because...
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Opinion | 5 Tips for Handling Parent-Teacher Conferences

By Lisa Woodward Parent-teacher conferences are coming up soon. Even though the month of October is filled with holidays, and the kids have only been...
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Opinion | The Philadelphia Police Department Is Here for Us

By Jacques Lurie In many ways, Yom Kippur is a synagogue executive director’s nightmare. The entire synagogue community will make their way into the shul...
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Opinion | Reflections on Firing Gabe Kapler, a Jewish Baseball Manager

By Saul Golubcow Just about two years ago, I wrote that in the Philadelphia Phillies’ hiring of Gabe Kapler, I had “experienced a Jewish American...
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Opinion | Yiddish: The Secret Handshake

By Stacia Friedman I grew up in Wynnewood, but it might as well have been Minsk. Every day, after my father left for work in...
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Opinion | Why Melrose B’nai Israel Emanu-El Works

By Rabbi Charles Sherman Over the last few years, Melrose B’nai Israel Emanu-El in Elkins Park has experienced significant growth. I know there are lots...