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  • Gunman citing Islamic State ambushes Philadelphia policeman

    January 8, 2016 | 1:05 pm

    A gunman claiming to have pledged allegiance to Islamic State militants shot and seriously wounded a Philadelphia police officer in an ambush on his patrol car, the city's police commissioner said on Friday.

    Edward Archer of Philadelphia approached Officer Jesse Hartnett, 33,...

  • Israel closing five consulates, including Philadelphia

    January 6, 2016 | 1:47 pm

    In a budget-cutting move, Israel is closing five of its diplomatic offices around the world.

    The affected consulates are in Philadelphia, Belarus, El Salvador and Marseilles, France, along with a “roving ambassador” to the Caribbean, The Jerusalem Post reported Wednesday.

  • More than 100 headstones toppled at Philadelphia Jewish cemetery

    July 31, 2015 | 2:17 pm

    A historic Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia was vandalized, with 124 of its headstones knocked over.

    The caretaker of Adath Jeshurun Cemetery discovered the toppled tombstones Thursday morning, NBC Philadelphia reported.

    Johnny Gibson, who has worked at...

  • Jewish exec among missing after Amtrak crash

    May 13, 2015 | 11:08 am

     A Jewish woman reported to be missing in the wake of an Amtrak train derailment near Port Richmond, Pennsylvania, on Tuesday apparently found inspiration for her early nonprofit work from her Jewish connections.

    Rachel Jacobs, a 39-year-old mother of a 2-year-old, was still...

  • At least six die in Philadelphia train derailment, scores hurt

    May 13, 2015 | 8:53 am

    Rescue workers on Wednesday sifted through twisted metal and other debris from the wreck of an Amtrak train that derailed in Philadelphia, killing at least six people and injuring scores of others, while investigators reviewed data to determine the cause of an accident.

  • Iraq war vet sought in stabbing, shooting deaths of his Pennsylvania family

    December 16, 2014 | 10:45 am

    The wife and infant child of an Iraq war veteran suspected of fatally shooting and stabbing six family members in Pennsylvania were safe on Tuesday as the second day of a manhunt prompted lockdowns and cancellations of area schools, authorities said.

    The search for Bradley...

  • Philly kosher butcher shop vandalized with swastikas

    September 15, 2014 | 11:25 am

    A kosher butcher shop in Philadelphia was defaced with anti-Semitic graffiti.

    Crude swastikas were painted on the butcher shop, Simon’s Glatt Kosher meats, between the evening of Sept. 10 and the next morning, the Jewish Exponent reported. The butcher store has been at its...

  • Labor charges dismissed against union-breaking Philly day school

    August 26, 2014 | 10:34 am

    The National Labor Relations Board dismissed charges against a Philadelphia Jewish day school that stopped recognizing its teachers union.

    In an Aug. 22 letter to the attorney for the American Federation of Teachers in Pennsylvania, the NLRB’s regional director said his board has...

  • Philly man, 89, arrested for Nazi-era crimes

    June 18, 2014 | 2:58 pm

    An 89-year-old Philadelphia man, Johann Breyer, was arrested for abetting murder during his time as a Nazi guard at Auschwitz and Buchenwald.

    Breyer, a retired toolmaker originally from Czechoslovakia who is also known by the first name John, appeared in court Wednesday, a day...

  • Drake cancels Philadelphia concert

    October 21, 2013 | 11:59 am

    Drake’s tour is off to a rocky start, much to the disappointment  of fans in Philadelphia. His show there Saturday night was postponed an hour after it was set to begin due to a mechanical problem, according to Philly.com.

    “Due to the elaborate nature of tonight’s show and...

  • Specter remembered as an iconoclast who enjoyed going toe to toe with tyrants

    October 16, 2012 | 9:22 am

    During his 30 years in the clubby confines of the U.S. Senate, Arlen Specter never lost his acerbic prosecutorial zeal, friends and associates say.

    The insistent questions, the commitment to independence that made the longtime Pennsylvania senator a critical player in recent U.S....

  • A 220-year-old lesson

    By  David A. Lehrer

    July 11, 2012 | 4:31 pm

    Last week, while on a family vacation in Philadelphia, my wife and I visited the new National Museum of American Jewish History on Independence Square. We toured the wonderful installation chronicling American Jewish history from the first immigrants to the current period. The...

  • Saperstein: Remark by Catholic League’s Donohue could be seen as ‘threatening’ to Jews

    June 25, 2012 | 10:18 am

    A Reform movement leader, Rabbi David Saperstein, said a statement to a rabbi by Catholic League chief Bill Donohue could be construed as “threatening to American Jews who differ with the Church.”

    Donohue had a heated email exchange with Rabbi Arthur Waskow, the founder of the...

  • Vandals hit Philadelphia synagogue

    May 21, 2012 | 2:20 pm

    Officials at a Philadelphia synagogue are calling a BB gun attack on the synagogue a hate crime.

    “What else could it be?” Maxine Goldman, co-president of Congregation Ner Zedek-Ezreth, said Monday morning of the May 10 attack in which dozens of BBs reportedly were shot at the...

  • Former Boston-area rabbi refuses plea over sexual abuse charges

    December 15, 2011 | 5:44 pm

    A rabbi who taught at a Boston-area Jewish day school has refused a plea deal over sexual abuse charges.

    Rabbi Stanley Z. Levitt of Philadelphia has been accused of molesting three former students at the Maimonides School in Brookline, Mass. The allegations date back to 1975-76. He...

  • Biden’s future son-in-law is Jewish doctor

    November 2, 2011 | 11:44 am

    Vice President Joseph Biden’s future son-in-law is a Jewish doctor.

    The news became public after Biden referred to Philadelphia doctor Howard Krein as his future son-in-law during an event in his home state of Delaware on Oct. 28.

    Ashley Biden, 30, and Krein reportedly dated for a...

  • Philadelphia Freedom

    April 12, 2011 | 6:27 pm

    PHILADELPHIA - George Washington never had it this good.

    From five stories up, it’s pretty easy to see what he couldn’t, with the expanse of Independence Mall splayed out below. Washington’s newly recreated house is straight ahead, right next to the Liberty Bell Pavilion. One...

  • Midler, Seinfeld, Biden headline Jewish museum opening

    November 15, 2010 | 4:56 pm

    Vice President Joe Biden, Jerry Seinfeld and Bette Midler headlined a festive opening weekend for the new National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia.

    The gala events marked the culmination of a decade-long, $150 million effort to move from a small space adjoining a...

  • Jerry Seinfeld, Bette Midler to headline Philly museum’s opening bash

    September 21, 2010 | 3:05 pm

    Two of the country’s most famous Jewish performers will highlight the opening of one of the most ambitious Jewish museum projects in years.

    Jerry Seinfeld will emcee and Bette Midler will headline a Nov. 13 gala to celebrate the official unveiling of the renovated National Museum...

  • Philadelphia-area Rabbi Tapped to Head Conservative Body

    March 13, 2009 | 3:56 pm

    PHILADELPHIA—Rabbi Steven Wernick, religious leader of Adath Israel in Merion Station, has been tapped to be the next professional leader of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, the movement’s congregational arm.

    “I’m coming into this job with no illusions about all the...

  • Ray Benson (Asleep at the Wheel): The biggest Jew in country music [VIDEO]

    October 6, 2008 | 11:08 pm

    CRAPONNE SUR ARZON, France (JTA)—Think Jews and country music and you’ll probably come up with Kinky Friedman, the cigar-chomping frontman of the iconoclastic Texas Jewboys, who is also a humorist, mystery novelist and failed but flamboyant candidate for Texas governor.

    The real...

  • Legends and lies

    By Sam Hall Kaplan

    December 13, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    If the plans follow the promises of its sponsors, the site of the next preeminent national Jewish institution will be in the historic heart of Philadelphia.

    There, steps from the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, edging a revitalized Independence Mall, the proposed National Museum...

  • Q&A with Reconstructionist Rabbi Dan Ehrenkrantz

    By Amy Klein

    February 22, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Rabbi Dan Ehrenkrantz, president of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (RRC) in Philadelphia, recently made one of his biannual visits to Southern California, which is home to the largest Reconstructionist synagogue in the world, as well as growing congregations from Irvine to...
  • Fighting Exclusion

    By Steve Feldman

    April 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    In a Philadelphia suburb, a Reform congregation has fought for more than a year to create a synagogue on a parcel of land that for many years had been the site of a Roman Catholic novitiate. An Orthodox congregation in Los Angeles has been in court for years over their use of a...

  • Greatness

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    November 2, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    In most big cities in the United States, horse-and-buggy rides are offered as tourist attractions. It is therefore not shocking to find them lined up in Philadelphia, right near Constitution Hall and the Liberty Bell.

    What was surprising, however, was whom I found driving a horse and...