Sunday, August 2, 2015 Av 17, 5775

Israeli Grads of RRC Hope to Take Ideas Back Home
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Is it more difficult to find work as a Reconstructionist rabbi in Israel than the United States? Sitting in a Mount Airy cafe, just days away from graduation, 32-year-old Ela Merom pauses in disbelief. Then, for good measure, she rolls her eyes a bit. "Of course," she answers at last. While the movement founded in the 1960s by the disciples...
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Nearly a year after the Pennsylvania General Assembly passed a law calling on the state's retirement funds to divest from foreign companies doing business in Iran and Sudan, a total of 14 of those firms have cut their ties with the rogue nations or expressed the intent to do so. According to an audit that's been conducted over the past...
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Abington Township Commissioner Lori Schreiber considers herself fortunate that verbal harassment is the worst thing she's experienced from being openly lesbian. Technically, in her township, she could be thrown out of a restaurant, denied an apartment, a promotion or a loan, or even fired simply on the basis of her sexual identity. She doesn't have to worry about any of...
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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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