Bernie Sanders makes Jewish history; so why the muted reaction?


NEW YORK— Maybe now that Bernie Sanders has become the first Jewish candidate to win a presidential primary he’ll start getting the Joe Lieberman treatment. Back in 2000, Al Gore’s decision to tap Lieberman as his running mate set off what felt like a months-long national bar mitzvah bash. But the party—and all the speculation about a Shabbat-observant, kosher-keeping vice […]

Muslim community program spreads message of tolerance and dialogue

Education about Islam from the perspective of South Jersey’s Muslim community was the theme of an evening at the Weinberg Jewish Community Campus on Feb. 8, as the Muslim American Community Association (MACA), also known as the Voorhees Mosque, presented a program on “Extremism, Radicalization and Islam: Why are there so many acts of violence in the name of Islam?” […]

Dancer Leah Wayne hosting party to combat childhood pain disorders


FAMILY: Parents Missy and Adam; sister Nina, 7 SYNAGOGUE: Temple Beth Sholom FAVORITE DANCE STYLE: Tap FAVORITE MOVIE: “Pitch Perfect” FAVORITE SONG: “Stand by You” by Rachel Platten Cherry Hill fifth-grader Leah Wayne is truly at her happiest and feeling her best when she’s dancing. She loves every style she’s ever tried: Tap, jazz, lyrical, modern, contemporary, hip-hop, ballet. And […]

KBA students go ‘around the world’


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Shabbat candlelighting

Trip to Poland, Israel inspires Mt. Laurel resident’s involvement

Joel Schwartz had been to Israel twice before, once as a teenager and then again two years ago on a Federation mission. The Mt. Laurel resident was looking for a little different experience when the opportunity arose to participate in a Frank Fellowship Leadership Mission through the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA), the umbrella organization of local Jewish Community […]

How a one-armed American soldier fought his way back into the IDF

JERUSALEM—The hardest part was loading the assault rifle. That’s not because he was a newbie, unaccustomed to the workings of a Tavor rifle. Rather, 1st Sgt. Izzy Ezagui had lost an arm in combat. He’d overcome seemingly insurmountable bureaucratic hurdles and got a posting on a base in the Negev. And so his next challenge began: He had to prove […]

Arab MKs suspended for meeting families

Three Arab-Israeli Knesset members have been suspended from the parliament for meeting with the families of Palestinians who were killed while perpetrating terror attacks. The Knesset Ethics Committee approved the disciplinary move against Haneen Zoabi, Basel Ghatta and Jamal Zahalka—members of the Joint Arab List’s Balad faction—i24news reported. Zoabi and Ghatta are suspended for four months, while Zahalka received a […]

Astronaut’s equipment on display in Israel

Pieces of equipment used by Ilan Ramon, a member of the ill-fated Columbia space shuttle crew 13 years ago, went on display in Israel. Ramon and the six other astronauts aboard the shuttle were killed when Columbia broke apart upon reentry into the earth’s atmosphere. The exhibition on loan from NASA includes the camera Ramon used on the shuttle, his […]