Jewish Naval Academy Student In Amtrak Derailment Given Full Military Honors At Funeral

05/17/2015 - 20:00

A Jewish 20-year-old sophomore at the U.S. Naval Academy who was killed in Tuesday’s Amtrak train derailment in Philadelphia was given full military honors at his funeral, which was attended by 160 Navy midshipmen.

Midshipmen from the U.S Naval Academy carry Midshipman Justin Zemser to a waiting car after his funeral on May 15, 2015. JTA.

Philadelphia Synagogue’s Historian Found Dead In Home

08/19/2014 - 20:00

A Philadelphia man who served as his synagogue’s informal historian was found beaten to death in his home.

A Jewish Voice For Philadelphia’s Muslims

02/25/2014 - 19:00
Staff Writer

Four months after Jacob Bender, a Jewish filmmaker from Manhattan, was appointed to a symbolically landmark position with an American Muslim organization, he says he is serving as an example of interfaith tolerance.

Jacob Bender

A New Take On Kosher At Citron And Rose

Philly has more than just cheese-stake to offer Jewish foodies.
03/06/2013 - 19:00
Food & Wine Contributor

Merion, Pa. — My grandmother of blessed memory would be surprised if she knew what they’re doing with the schmaltz here at Citron and Rose, a stylish, new glatt kosher restaurant next door to the Philadelphia Community Kollel in this upscale Philly suburb.
They mix it with fried garlic and onions as a substitute for butter with the warm dinner rolls.

This is where kosher cuisine meets a sometimes-surprising re-interpretation, thanks to some very creative individuals.

Kosher dining is chic and sleek at Citron and Rose. George Medovoy

Star Philly Chef Going Glatt

06/25/2012 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week
I have a standing invitation from Chef Michael Solomonov to bake Iraqi-style laffa bread with him at Zahav, where he and his business partner, Steven Cook, offer classic Israeli tastes in a modern setting near the historic cobblestones of Dock Street in downtown Philadelphia.
Beard Award-winning Chef Michael Solomonov taking the kosher plunge on the Main Line.

The News From Philadelphia

Good news from the City of Brotherly Love.

It’s not just that my friend Hila Ratzabi moved there and not just that my former JTA boss Lisa Hostein has taken over its Jewish newspaper.

Now, a Conservative synagogue in suburban Philly is changing its policies to allow gentile spouses to become full synagogue members.
Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El’s new policy was written up a few weeks ago in A Jewish Newspaper That Shall Remain Nameless, in an article that accomplished the remarkable feat of writing at great length about various policies affecting intermarried families and quoting a number of sources, not one of them an intermarried person.


Rabbi Irving "Yitz" Greenberg On The New National Jewish Museum

11/15/2010 - 19:00
Special to the Jewish Week

Editor’s Note: An edited version of these remarks were delivered at the dedication of the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia on Nov. 14.

New Nat’l Museum Trumpets Freedom, Hints At Its Costs

As $150 million American Jewish History museum in Philadelphia nears opening, a look at the double-edged story it’s telling.
10/26/2010 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Philadelphia — He was a prominent city official in Richmond two centuries ago, but he is a minor figure in American history. Solomon Jacobs, in a portrait that well displays his serious mien and full sideburns, makes a silent statement here about the lives that American Jews once led and still do.

Five-story museum building is on Philadelphia’s Independence Mall, near landmark sites of Revolutionary War. Jeffrey Holder

Seinfeld, Midler to Headline Jewish Museum Opening

09/21/2010 - 20:00

NEW YORK (JTA) -- Jerry Seinfeld will emcee and Bette Midler will headline the official unveiling of the renovated National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia.

The Nov. 13 gala will celebrate the $150 million project to move the museum to Philadelphia's Independence Mall and to expand the museum from about 10,000 square feet to more than 100,000.

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