Federation Mission to Israel taking 72 locals to the homeland

Danny Silverberg’s three sons returned from Confirmation trips to Israel transformed by their experiences. His wife Heidi, who visited as a teenager, also feels a strong connection to the Jewish homeland. And soon it will be Silverberg’s turn to discover the spiritual, religious and cultural ties that Jews worldwide seek and discover in Eretz Yisrael. “My middle son came home […]

In Crimea, some Jews feel safer after Russian intervention

Shortly after Russian soldiers occupied the Crimean city of Sevastopol, Leah Cyrlikova took her two children out for an afternoon stroll in a city park. When they passed a group of soldiers, they stopped to have a friendly chat and pose with them for photos. While many Ukrainian Jews have strongly condemned the Russian military incursion into Crimea, others see […]

Retired cellist, composer to celebrate 90th birthday with song


BIRTH TOWN:Timisoara, Romania HOMETOWN:Cherry Hill FAVORITE CLASSICALCOMPOSERS:Bela Bartok, MauriceRavel, Hector Berlioz FAVORITEPHILADELPHIAORCHESTRA DIRECTOR:Riccardo Muti FAVORITEPHILADELPHIAMUSEUM:Philadelphia Museumof Art FAVORITE PLACE INISRAEL:The Wall Marcel Farago’s 90th birthday party on Apr. 17 will be celebration of music and life. The retired cellist and composer who spent four decades playing for the Philadelphia Orchestra will be feted by fellow musicians performing his original works […]

B’nai Tikvah-Beth Israel unveils new logo


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Shabbat candlelighting

Feminist icon Gloria Steinem to headline 2014 Event for Women

The Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey will welcome Gloria Steinem as the keynote speaker at its 2014 Event for Women. Over 500 guests are expected at the Mansion on Main Street in Voorhees on Thursday, Apr. 24 at 6 p.m. Attendees will enjoy kosher cocktails and dinner as they learn more about the ways women’s philanthropy has been a […]

Sussman 3-on-3 attracts hundreds

Wounded Ukrainians receive treatment in Israel

TEL AVIV—For 17-year-old Bolodimir Bedyuk, a Ukrainian who was severely wounded in clashes with Ukrainian police, Israeli medical care may be his only hope. After a pitched battle with Ukrainian police forces on Institutskaya Street in Kiev, Bedyuk suffered chest wounds and extensive liver damage—his brother Aleksei said Bolodimir’s liver “was torn practically in half.” In that confrontation, Ukrainian police […]

Knesset raises election threshold


Smaller political parties in Israel will have a more difficult time entering the government under a law passed by the Knesset. The Governance Act passed on its third and final reading by a vote of 67- 0. Opposition parties boycotted the vote, including Labor, Shas, United Arab List-Taal and United Torah Judaism. The legislation raises the election threshold to 3.25 […]