Tuesday, July 28, 2015 Av 12, 5775

Arecent synagogue program focusing on the fallout from President Barack Obama's recent speeches on the Middle East was touted as a nonpartisan, educational town hall meeting. But two speakers at the May 25 event called for the election of a new president in 2012 and the majority of the audience cheered. If nothing else, the evening seemed to signify that...
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Betsy Teutsch, Jewish Exponent Feature
The drafting table where I have been perched, creating ketubot for the past 37 years, has proven to be a ringside seat for detecting trends in the Jewish community. In honor of June, which was once peak wedding month and still is a popular time to exchange vows, here are some of my ethno-sociological observations: May and June were popular...
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Aviva Fellman, 29, has wanted to be a rabbi since she was in the second grade, when she studied prayers by flashlight under her covers, late into the night. Her father, 57-year-old Jonathan Kremer, a noted graphic artist, has taken a much-less-direct route to rabbinical school. Now, the father-daughter combo from Ardmore are both students at the Jewish Theological Seminary...
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Rabbi Eric Yanoff, Jewish Exponent Feature
What is the ultimate Jewish pick-up line? What is the line that forges that immediate connection, the words that provide the opening for a conversation, perhaps for a deeper relationship? Well, try this line on for size: "Hey -- didn't I see you at Sinai?" That's the ultimate Jewish pick-up line -- not because it works (don't worry -- I...
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Laura Goldman, Jewish Exponent Feature
Washington — Richard Gering of Elkins Park spoke for many of the local activists attending the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's annual conference in Washington this week when he said: "It is a difficult time for Israel, so people who care about Israel need to get off the couch." He was one of some 300 from the region who trekked...
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