Thursday, September 18, 2014 Elul 23, 5774
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Jan L. Apple, JE Feature
"If a group of highly educated Jews are assembled in a room and are asked to name two Shakespeare plays, the answer is readily supplied," said Jay Minkoff. "On the other hand, ask them who Maimonides or Rambam was, and the reply may not come so easily." This is not an uncommon scenario among adult Jews in Greater Philadelphia, said...
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For the past 23 years, the Politz Hebrew Academy, an Orthodox day school in Northeast Philadelphia, has served young boys and girls as a home away from home. But after two decades in business, it's time for a little home improvement. Thanks to private contributions, the school is getting a $1.5 million face-lift that will create 11 additional classrooms, along...
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Zara Myers, JE Feature
Most people ease into getting involved in an organization, but not Michael Feist, a 29-year-old, single graduate student at Temple University. "I jumped right into the Renaissance Group," he stated, referring to the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia's organization for the 25- to 45-aged crowd. What led to such involvement? It started last summer, with a trip to Israel. Encouraged...
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Jan L. Apple , JE Feature
Once upon a time, neighborhoods and the communal feelings they evoked were an integral part of people's lives, whether it was asking a neighbor for a ride to the doctor's office or walking down the street on a summer evening to play a game of cards. But times have changed. In today's fast-paced, high-tech society, the elderly, in particular, have...
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In honor of a child, kids do what they do best: eat dessert!
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Jeffrey Kahan has many pictures of his youngest son, Joshua. By far, his favorite remains a simple snapshot of a still-healthy boy relishing an ice-cream cone. In April 1997, Josh was diagnosed with leukemia - the No. 1 disease killer of American children between the ages of 1 and 14. Five months later, shortly before his third birthday, Josh succumbed...
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