Tuesday, August 4, 2015 Av 19, 5775

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One year ago, soon after the war in Gaza had ended and Barack Obama prepared to take the oath of office, many openly wondered if the dismal state of the economy would prevent the new president from devoting more than cursory attention to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the Iranian nuclear threat. Now, a mere 12 months later, the president has...
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Aaron Passman, JE FEature
Growing up in the 1950s and '60s, Rayman Solomon, the son of David and Miriam Solomon of Helena, Ark., read the Megillah in English at Purim; attended Passover seders that concluded not with "Next Year in Jerusalem," but with a rendition of "America the Beautiful"; and was confirmed as a teenager alongside eight of his peers, in lieu of becoming...
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
Sometimes, immigration to Israel isn't only about ideology, but also about a matter of convenience. Miriam Esris of the Rhawnhurst section of Northeast Philadelphia was one of more than 200 people from across North America to make aliyah Dec. 29 on the final Nefesh B'Nefesh flight of 2009. Esris, formerly an elementary-education teacher in the Neshaminy school district, said that...
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After recently spending $10,000 for renovations and upkeep, supporters of the Joseph and Martha Melohn Bucks County Mikvah in Bensalem thought they were in the clear for a time. But a recent notification from the local water department left members of the mikvah -- as well as the synagogue with which its affiliated -- feeling like they'd been sunk in...
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Germantown Jewish Centre has launched a "Green Mezuzah Havurah," a new group devoted to sustainability and lessening the carbon footprint of its members. The idea came in part from Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin, founder of the Baltimore Jewish Environmental Network, who spoke at the local synagogue in the spring and urged members to create small groups dedicated to environmentalism. During...
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