Saturday, March 28, 2015 Nisan 8, 5775

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Daphna Berman, JE Feature
It was a typical Bar Mitzvah in many ways: The Bar Mitzvah boy chanted the blessings over the Torah, his family looked on with pride, and when it was all over, the guests danced the hora and enjoyed a festive meal, complete with a blue-and-white sheet cake with the words "Mazel Tov" written across it. But at the recent ceremony...
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Aaron Passman, JE Staff
To hear the residents of Brith Sholom House tell it, Saturdays are usually a fairly quiet affair at the senior living center on Conshohocken Avenue in Philadelphia. This past Saturday, however, was a bit livelier. Not because of Halloween -- that attracts a much younger crowd -- but because of the eight women who celebrated their adult Bat Mitzvah ceremonies...
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Organizers of an Oct. 28 Center City networking event for Jewish and African-American young professionals fretted over whether anyone would show up; the start time was just hours before the first pitch of the World Series. In the end, more than 200 people packed into Restaurant 13 at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, swapping business cards and sipping drinks. The hobnobbing...
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Aaron Passman, JE Staff
At New York Bagel on Haverford Avenue, owner Nick Abdoul has been baking the bread with holes for more than a decade. Poppy seed, sesame seed, onion, salt, everything -- he makes them all inside the small Philadelphia shop, which, other than the kitchen, consists of little more than a few display cases and a bit of counter space. By...
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For Federation Housing Inc., the third time proved the charm. The organization -- a separate 501(c)(3) that was originally started by the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia and still provides grants for programs there -- had twice applied for money from the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, a state entity. The goal was to help fund the construction of new, low-income...
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