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September 17, 2014 | By Alfred Lubrano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The chicken for Rosh Hashanah dinner won't be kosher. Kosher meat is expensive, and Doreen Shelow can't afford it. "People think Jews aren't poor," said Shelow, 56, a disabled and divorced Jewish woman raising her grandson well below the poverty line in a tiny apartment in Somerton, in Northeast Philadelphia. "It's an aspect of poverty that's overlooked. Even other Jews don't accept that there are poor Jews. " Often unseen and rarely discussed, Jewish poverty in the Philadelphia area hobbles lives in the same way it does among other ethnic and cultural groups.
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July 1, 2016 | By Grace Toohey, Staff Writer
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.
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November 14, 2006 | By Alfred Lubrano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Built for discomfort, the Borat movie squeezes squirms and politically incorrect laughter from disarmed audiences. Potentially offensive to women, Pentecostal Christians, frat boys, gays, and so many others, the new film comedy has a raft of nasty things to say about Jewish people as well. In the movie, Kazak peasants participate in the "running of the Jew," a festival in which a hideously caricatured puppet is chased before it lays a "Jew egg" that is beaten by townsfolk.
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November 13, 2010 | By TOM ROWAN JR., rowant@phillynews.com 215-854-5926
Only in America could the Jewish people make something of themselves, said Sheila Newman, of Montgomery County. And now, only in Philadelphia, is there a museum to share the Jewish people's experiences with the country. "It's the history of Jews coming from everywhere in the world and coming to America," Newman said of the National Museum of American Jewish History, which celebrates its grand opening this weekend. "If you are Jewish like we are, this gives you such a feeling of pride to see this.
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April 25, 1997 | By Samuel L. Evans
For more than 60 years, my office has been in the forefront against anti-Semitism and all forms of racial and religious bigotry. There has been a common bond between African-Americans and Jewish people, so it would be difficult for any African-American to cause harm to Jewish people. We are willing and ready to assume responsibility for cleaning our own house if the Jewish community would permit us to do so. The danger is when a certain segment of the Jewish community attempts to force their laws, rules and punishment on people of another race.
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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.
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January 12, 2009
I'M A REGULAR reader of Stu Bykofsky's columns and enjoy them immensely. But I take offense at the headline on a recent one: "Madoff Casts Shame on Jews Everywhere. " Jewish people have NOTHING to be ashamed about - "Madoff Shames Decent Human Beings Everywhere" would be more to the point. This "bag of human scum" is a self-centered, greedy, immoral and evil person, without any sense of human decency. The fact that he happens to be Jewish doesn't matter (to me, anyway)
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November 17, 1986
It was heart-warming to read about the Polish couple who saved a Jewish family from the Nazis during World War II. They amply deserve the accolade they received from Israel and the Jewish people. One would wish that a similar sensitivity were accorded the Turks, always a friend of the Jews in times of travail. In the 15th century when Spain and then Portugal ordered their Jewish citizens to convert or be expelled under threat of death, the Turks opened wide their doors with the Turkish king commenting that Spain's loss was Turkey's gain, as recorded by Ebba Eban in his book The Jewish Heritage.
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March 18, 1987
A few words, if I may, in reference to Tony Auth's cartoon in your fine paper on March 11. I am of Jewish origins and a native-born citizen of this fair land. But the last time I had the privilege of seeing a cartoon of this type it was the reprint of one that appeared in a Nazi publication in the 1930s in Germany. Of course, as could be expected, it vilified the Jewish people. Mr. Auth's cartoon notwithstanding, I should like to add that Jonathan Jay Pollard assuredly deserved the life sentence he received.
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August 31, 2003 | By Burt Siegel
In a 1973 book, The New Anti-Semitism, Arnold Foster and Benjamin Epstein of the Anti-Defamation League wrote: "There is abroad in our land a large measure of indifference to the most profound apprehensions of the Jewish people; a blandness and apathy in dealing with anti-Jewish behavior; a widespread incapacity or unwillingness to comprehend the necessity of the existence of Israel to Jewish safety and survival. " Thirty years later, Jews are nervously again expressing the same anxieties.
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July 1, 2016 | By Grace Toohey, Staff Writer
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.
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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.
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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.
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August 27, 2015 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
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.
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August 11, 2015 | By Erin Edinger-Turoff, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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June 16, 2015 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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June 15, 2015 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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March 31, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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March 27, 2015 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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January 4, 2015 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
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.
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