Tuesday, August 4, 2015 Av 19, 5775

Six Local Shuls Get Schechter Awards Six synagogues from around the Philadelphia area were recently recognized with Solomon Schechter Awards by the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. The recognition honors any number of endeavors, including education, outreach, fundraising efforts, and variations in worship and ritual. They are named in honor of the man who founded the USCJ nearly 100 years...
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A group of local rabbis is calling on Jews to observe a fast day in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza. The group, part of a coalition of 60 rabbis around the country called Ta'anit Tzedek: Jewish Fast for Gaza, is advocating that Israel lift its three-year-old economic blockade, which it claims has resulted in "collective punishment" for Gaza's civilians due...
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A program that paints the city in a colorful light sees a milestone
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Aaron Passman, Staff Writer
If you left Philadelphia 25 years ago and haven't had a chance to return, you might not recognize it today. Rather than City Hall being the tallest building, with William Penn towering above, a host of skyscrapers jut into the air; to the south, Veterans Stadium has been replaced by a pair of newer sports facilities; and many street corners...
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Miriam Moody is working on her pronunciation of the consonant-laden word "Dnepropetrovsk" -- the name of Ukraine's third-largest city. Moody, who graduated in May from the University of Rochester and grew up in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia, has reason to bone up on her Russian. Next week, the 22-year-old is set to leave for a year in the...
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Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa., has been selected by Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life for participation in its "Small and Mighty" program, which seeks out elite liberal-arts institutions where Jewish life is on the rise. Dickinson's Hillel -- the only one chosen in Pennsylvania -- was among seven schools picked for inclusion this year; the others are Amherst/Smith...
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