The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia strongly condemns hate speech in our community and throughout the world. When anti-Semitic hate speech was expressed by Temple University Professor Marc Lamont Hill, we immediately took action with national and local partners. We have and will continue to condemn comments that reject the state of Israel and the Jewish connection to our homeland.

Protestant and Jewish congregations around the world are reading about eagles this weekend and some Philadelphia faithful don’t think it’s a coincidence.

In both religions, scriptural verses assigned for reading on the first weekend in February of 2018 mention eagles – flying, soaring, victorious. Rabbi Eric Yanoff delivered a sermon on that excerpt Saturday at Adath Israel congregation in Merion Station. He talked about destiny and the future. Then, the congregation sang “Fly, Eagles Fly” – in Hebrew.