July 1, 2016 |
Lewis B. Dashevsky, 96, of Philadelphia, a passionate leader of the Zionist movement and an accomplished accountant, died Tuesday, June 28, at Holy Redeemer Hospice. Mr. Dashevsky, commonly known as Lewis Dashe, was named honorary national president of the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) in 2014, having served the group for more than 30 years. He was mid-Atlantic regional president for more than 20 years beginning in the early 1990s. He made at least 30 trips to Israel, often staying for months.
March 14, 2016
ISSUE | CATHOLIC CHURCH Change is possible I'm happy to be Roman Catholic, and I think a letter critiquing some teachings of the church was justified ("Tough to take," Tuesday). The writer said she found it "difficult to understand" those Catholics who accept the church's "regressive stance" on issues including the ordination of women, married priests, homosexuality, and contraception. Those regrettable teachings run contrary to the church's stance on human dignity, equality, justice, and grounded love.
September 25, 2015
ISSUE | KAPAROT Jewish tradition misrepresented While I am reluctant to be seen as supporting a custom that is in fact dismissed in the Code of Jewish Law ( Orach Chaim 605:1 ), as one that should not be practiced, I cannot overlook the vicious headline and misleading content of this letter ("A barbaric means of atonement," Monday). The custom, observed by some, of slaughtering a chicken and donating it to a poor family before the Day of Atonement is not a requirement of Jewish law. When observed, Jewish law requires that the chicken be treated humanely, as in the case of all animals slaughtered for kosher food.
August 27, 2015 |
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - Gov. Christie joined rabbis and groups advocating for Israel's security Tuesday to call on U.S. Sen. Cory A. Booker (D., N.J.) to oppose the proposed nuclear deal with Iran. "We cannot permit a treacherous, murderous, deceitful regime to possess the most dangerous weapon that the world has ever invented," Christie said at the Chabad House at Rutgers University. "To me, that's not anything other than common sense. " He bashed President Obama, describing the Democratic president as "in too deep" and "obsessed" with his legacy.
August 11, 2015 |
Helen Rieder, 88, a Holocaust survivor who later educated young people about the atrocity, died Aug. 8 in Lions Gate retirement community in Voorhees of coronary artery disease. Mrs. Rieder had a "fierce determination to live" until the very end of her life, her family said. Her unyielding spirit saw her through internment camps during World War II, after her family's region of Czechoslovakia fell under anti-Jewish rule. In 1944, when she was 16, she and seven of her eight siblings were shuttled from a ghetto in Tachova, a town in what is now the Czech Republic, to Auschwitz.
June 16, 2015 |
Dozens of people crammed into a tiny community center in Medford on Sunday to see a Jewish scribe slowly ink the last 100 of the Hebrew letters on a Torah with a turkey feather. It was the first time that a Jewish scroll had been completed and displayed in Medford, a suburb that has not had a large Jewish presence. The special occasion was celebrated with a parade Sunday down Main Street to the new Chabad center. "There was no place for Jewish people to congregate before," said Barry Tuman, one of the founding members of the Chabad in Medford.
June 15, 2015 |
When he learned in April that Pope Francis was preparing an encyclical on climate change, Rabbi Arthur Waskow was "really inspired. " Then the white-bearded lion of progressive Judaism asked himself, "What next?" For more than three decades, Waskow, 82, has devoted himself and his Shalom Center in East Mount Airy to peace, civil rights, and the environment. That the leader of the Roman Catholic Church would speak out on what Waskow calls "global scorching" deserved, he decided, "a response from the Jewish community.
March 31, 2015 |
Joan Pavalow had planned a trip to the supermarket this week - with Passover just a few days away, she needed groceries. But then she decided not to go. She just didn't have the money, she said. So on Sunday afternoon, when the Kepniss family - David and Marla and their four kids - showed up at her apartment with two bags full of kosher-for-Passover food, Pavalow reacted with gratitude - and relief. "This is a life-saver to me," she said. "I don't have the money to go to Shop Rite - and this is wonderful.
March 27, 2015 |
In a dispute over its right to host an Israeli-Palestinian program, Swarthmore College's Hillel has broken with the global Jewish-student organization and changed its name. The schism is symptomatic of increasing tensions between local chapters and Hillel, which has attempted to stop them from hosting events that involve speakers or groups deemed to be anti-Israel. Speakers who appeared Tuesday and Wednesday at the Delaware County school included Ira Grupper, Mark Levy, Larry Rubin, and Dorothy Zellner, veterans of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee formed in 1960 during the civil rights movement who are now involved in Palestinian solidarity activities.
January 4, 2015 |
AMONG THE central tenets of Judaism is Tikkun Olam , a Hebrew phrase that means "repairing the world. " For the folks at Congregation Rodeph Shalom in Spring Garden, it is a driving force. A food desert in North Philly? They opened a weekly farmers' market to assure that residents can get fresh produce. Racial unrest sweeping the nation? They are hosting a "Race in America" community conversation. Bigots citing religion to discriminate against gays? They revel in diversity and woo worshippers of all sexual orientations - and all faiths and races - to their services.