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President Obama in Mideast

A Palestinian policeman in the West Bank city of Ramallah standing next to a poster with a slogan protesting the upcoming visit of President Obama. More...

Local News

‘Jew-Z’ takes on Joan Rivers to promote Federation Women’s Gala

MEET MICHAEL KELBERG…

AGE: 41  FAMILY: Wife Becky; children, Lila (3 1/2), Lucas (8 months)  SYNAGOGUE: Temple Beth Sholom  FAVORITE MOVIES: “Shawshank Redemption” (drama) and “King Pin” (comedy) &n More...

TBS at ‘Songleader Boot Camp’

Temple Beth Sholom recently sent Alex Weinberg, the synagogue’s director of congregational learning, and Jill Hammel, membership and program coordinator, to the Songleader Boot Camp (SLBC) at t More...

TALK TO US…

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World News

New pope has Jewish connections

Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the Argentinean cardinal who was elected pope and will take the name Francis, is said to have a good relationship with Argentinean Jews.  More...

Lieberman joins AEI think tank

Former Sen. Joseph Lieberman will join former Sen. Jon Kyl in heading a foreign policy project at the American Enterprise Institute.  More...

French mayor defends honor for Palestinian

A French mayor whose municipality recently honored the Palestinian murderer of an Israeli minister defended the move and accused critics of “hatred” and “complicity in occupation.”  More...

Life Cycles

B’nai Mitzvah:

ADATH EMANU-EL  ABIGAIL RAHN, daughter of Tara and David Rahn, on Mar. 2.  SAMANTHA DIENNA SORID, daughter of Debi and Jonathan Sorid, on Mar. 9.  SEDONA L. YOUNG, daughter of Melissa Young and Kenneth Young, on Mar. 9.  More...

Obituaries

OBITUARIES

ROSALIE BREWSTEIN (Skloff), of Marlton, formerly of Mt. Laurel, died on Mar. 5. Mother of Clifford (Ava) Schwartz and Bonnie (William) Yankoski. Nani of one. Sister of the late Edith Moses. Aunt of two.  More...

Going Solo

Going Solo

THURSDAY, MARCH 28 SJ JEWISH SINGLES Meeting at Temple Emanuel at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $3 for nonmembers. Guest speaker will be from The Senior Medicare Patrol of NJ. Call Judy at 609- 953-8649. SATURDAY, MARCH 30 MOSAIC OUTDOOR CLUB OF PHILA. More...

Editorial

Celebrating the redemption from slavery: Passover Seders carry on an ancient mandate

As Passover draws near, Jews around the world are preparing for what is said to be the oldest continuously observed holiday in the world. More...

DRY BONES…

Full Story

If the Haggadah seems like hieroglyphics to you, it could be a good thing

LOS ANGELES—Although the Israelites left Egypt presumably to escape the ankhs and eyes of Horus of the ancient written language, recently I discovered that hieroglyphics—a system of pictorial characters—had a way of writing me into More...

Letters

Appeasement must be opposed by Jews

Recently the film “Susskind” was shown at our JCC. It was particularly difficult to watch given the times in which we now live. Antisemitism goes on unabated throughout the world, even in countries that have no Jews to speak of.  More...

Elections point to Israel’s future

Charlie Kalech (Jewish Voice, Feb. 6, pg. 10) tells us that because of Israel’s recent elections, Israel faces “a new and uncertain future.”  On the contrary, Israel’s future is more promising than ever. More...

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Special Sections

Israeli technology transforms battlefield

Drones:

AIRPORT CITY, Israel— An Israeli soldier sits in an office chair in an air-conditioned metal chamber staring at two screens side by side. One shows a map with a moving dot. The other displays a video feed. More...

Midrashah set to close as local leadership plans programs to engage more teenagers

As a result of a recent study conducted with JESNA, the Jewish Education Service of North America, and declining enrollment, the Jewish Federation’s Dept. More...

Mideast

Gilad Shalit signs petition

RELIGION

Freed Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit joined the call on President Obama to release spy-for-Israel Jonathan Pollard. Shalit signed an online petition asking Obama to commute Pollard’s life sentence to time served.  More...

Hebrew-language version available

PLAYBOY…

The first Hebrew-language edition of Playboy magazine was launched in Tel Aviv. Playboy founder Hugh Hefner offered a recorded message at the launching, The Jerusalem Post reported.  More...

Netanyahu forms new government

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu succeeded in forming a new government coalition. More...

Federation

Hundreds of women will enjoy ‘Starstruck Hollywood Night’ Apr. 10

Hundreds of women from the tri-county Jewish community will gather together on Wednesday, Apr. 10 at Cong. Beth El in Voorhees for the 2013 Annual Women’s Gala. More...

Marjorie: A shoulder to lean on in the darkest times

HEART TO HEART

Marjorie had, as she described it, “a very classic middle- to upper-middleclass lifestyle.” She was married, had a nice home, a fulfilling career, two daughters, friends, and enough money for vacations and emergencies. More...

Art, inspiration & knowledge highlight event

Women’s Symposium:

It was a night to celebrate women—and celebrate they did. About 150 women gathered Mar. 6 at the Women’s Symposium at the Katz JCC— and not even a threatened snowstorm could keep them away.  More...

Do It!

Calendar

THURSDAY, MARCH 21  CONG. BETH EL  Library Short Story Discussion Group will meet at 1:30 p.m. to discuss “The Gilgul of Park Avenue” by Nathan Englander. Open to the public. Call 675-1166, ext. 503.  CONG. More...

Kid Stuff

Donors struggling to defray the rising costs of Jewish camp

NEW YORK— Spending the summer at Jewish overnight camp once was a spartan affair, often little more than a collection of ramshackle buildings in the woods by a placid lake.  Those were the days.  More...

Voice Camp Guide 2013

CAMP GAN ISRAEL   More...

Kid Stuff

SATURDAY, MARCH 23  TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM  Tot Shabbat at 11 a.m. for children up to age three. Free and open to all. Contact Jill Hammel at jillh@tbsonline.org.  TEMPLE EMANUEL  Mini-Minyan Service and Kiddish begins at 9:30 a.m. More...

Columns

Passover calls us to feed the hungry and help all who are struggling

FEDERATION 411

While it sometimes can get hectic, Passover is also motivational. We do a ritual springcleaning, try out new recipes, gather with loved ones and participate in a Seder, where we read the Haggadah.  More...

Whatever happened to putting the brakes on life’s hectic pace?

SALLY’S WORLD

A friend recently called one night after 10 p.m., and I picked up the phone in a stupor. I’d dozed off on the den sofa after a particularly brutal day. “Did I wake you?” she asked, tipped off, I’m sure, by my groggy voice. More...

Content should drive social media ventures of non-profit organizations

COMPUSCHMOOZE

Nonprofit organizations got a crash course last week in how to use social media tools like Facebook and Twitter more effectively from electronics industry veteran and social media consultant Don Lafferty at the monthly meeting of the Philadelphia cha More...

Religion Column

‘Dayenu’—Would it really have been enough for us?

In a countdown of the top 10 Seder songs, my guess is that “Dayenu” would be number one. More...