Tuesday, July 29, 2014 Av 2, 5774

By:
Rachel Silverman, JE Feature
erry Katz has been on several Hadassah trips to Israel, as well as missions through Israel Bonds, the American Society of the University of Haifa and Har Zion Temple in Penn Valley. In fact, the Bala Cynwyd resident has been to Israel so many times, she said that she's actually lost count. Among all these, Katz, 69, described a recent...
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By:
Rachel Silverman, JE Feature
Earlier this month, a dozen members of Beth Sholom Congregation in Elkins Park visited an old hidden synagogue in the Terezin concentration camp outside Prague. There, walking silently across the hallowed ground, the congregants began to memorialize the space in the best way they knew how: They sang. "We had to add our voices to the stilled voices of the...
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By:
Ryan Teitman, JE Feature
Blue-and-white balloons lined the room as individuals from throughout the Philadelphia area prepared to take a momentous journey-- not just traveling to the Jewish state, but making it their new home. To help them on their way, the Jewish Agency for Israel held a farewell reception that included giving these new olim an orientation on how to proceed on this...
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Once again, locals lament the end of an institutional era
By:
Jared Shelly, JE Feature
Faced with an aging congregation and changing neighborhood demographics, leaders of Beth Emeth-B'nai Yitzhok synagogue were forced over the last decade or so to implement innovative ideas to keep the shul afloat and in its home in the Northeast neighborhood of Oxford Circle. They offered free one-year memberships to all, and even contracted with several cell-phone companies to basically lease...
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ORT schools take off -- socially, scientifically and 'cent'-sibly
By:
Ryan Teitman, JE Feature
In the State of Israel, one of most valuable resources is the essence of the nation itself: the people. In a land where the collective effort and ingenuity of a population turned rocky soil into farmland, the education of Israelis remains one of the keys to the country's continued success. And one of the most fertile frontiers for the nation...
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