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Congressional Caucus on Black-Jewish Relations issues statement condemning attack

January 2, 2020

ABOVE PHOTO: Neighbors gather to show their support of the community near a rabbi’s residence in Monsey, N.Y., Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, following a stabbing Saturday night during a Hanukkah celebration. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle) WASHINGTON —  On December 30, The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF) shared the following statement from the Congressional Caucus on Black-Jewish…

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Pope abolishes rules that kept church sex abuse cases secret

December 26, 2019

ABOVE PHOTO: Pope Francis (shutterstock) Pope Francis has issued an order that has lifted the highest level of secrecy covering child sex abuse cases involving the clergy, a move demanded by campaigners as part of sweeping changes to the way the Catholic Church deals with such allegations. Critics said the claim of “pontifical secrecy” was…

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Notre-Dame Cathedral missed first Christmas Mass in two centuries

December 26, 2019

Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris did not hold a Christmas Mass for the first time in more than 200 years, as work continues to repair the structure that was struck by fire in April. Midnight Mass was still be celebrated on Christmas Eve, officials said, but it will took place at the nearby church of Saint-Germain…

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Presents with purpose: Gift ideas that make an impact

December 20, 2019

BPT This holiday season, what if you could give loved ones a present that makes a meaningful impact on the world? Nothing evokes the holiday spirit more than giving gifts that help others in a direct, effective way. Both you and the gift recipient will know you’re making a difference in the lives of people…

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Rabbis urge teaching of empathy to counteract religious hate

December 5, 2019

By Gary Fields ASSOCIATED PRESS  NEW YORK  — At a time when anti-Semitic incidents are on the rise worldwide, schools should take steps to teach empathy as an antidote to racism and religious hatred, several rabbis attending a recent international conference said. The religious leaders praised a pilot project in El Paso, Texas, that requires…

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Spirit Bathing for the Worried and Beleaguered

November 29, 2019

By Patricia Adams Farmer We must risk delight. We can do without pleasure, but not delight. Not enjoyment. We must have the stubbornness to accept our gladness in the ruthless furnace of this world. — Jack Gilbert, A Brief for the Defense For all who feel deeply about the world, for all who mourn a…

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Kanye West talks about serving God during visit with Osteen

November 22, 2019

ABOVE PHOTO: Kanye West  (Photo: Everett Collection / shutterstock) By Juan A. Lozano Associated Press  HOUSTON (AP) — Rapper Kanye West told parishioners at Joel Osteen’s Houston megachurch on Sunday that his recent spiritual awakening has made him realize he’s no longer in the service to fame and money but “in service to God.” West…

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The PIHN 21th Annual Empty Bowl Dinner — an evening that celebrates pottery, fall soups, giving thanks, and community

November 15, 2019

With chilly weather, nothing satisfies like a bowl of hot soup! United Lutheran Seminary and Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network (PIHN) join together in hosting the 21st annual Empty Bowl Dinner on Wednesday November 20. The event will be held in the Brossman Center-Benbow Hall at the Lutheran Theological Seminary located at 7301 Germantown Ave. Attendees…

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2019 HOLIDAY VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

November 8, 2019

The Coalition Against Hunger Caring for Friends (Formally Aid for Friends) 12271 Townsend Rd, Philadelphia PA Contact: Lynn Trombetta at [email protected], call (215) 464-2224 or visit the Caring for Friends volunteer page. How to Help: Make friendly phone calls to homebound clients; sort and re-stock food; clean floors and freezers; extra kitchen help needed Tuesdays…

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