Thursday, August 27, 2015 Elul 12, 5775

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Rabbi Rebecca Alpert
A Tin Pan Alley Jew -- Albert Von Tilzer -- composed the catchy tune to the anthem of baseball, "Take Me Out to the Ballgame," and I enjoy singing along. But the words, written by Philadelphia Catholic Jack Norworth, sometimes give me pause. Since Catholics, like Jews, have a penchant for rules, the song's chorus is based on three commands...
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Fredda Sacharow, JE Feature
In their day jobs, they deliver sermons, chant Kabbalat Shabbat services, teach Hebrew school, cram for rabbinical-school exams, and conduct funerals and Bar Mitzvah ceremonies. On their own time, they run. Boy, do they run! Ten religious leaders who've dubbed themselves the "Running Rabbis" will be among the 42,000 men and women taking part in the 40th New York City...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
While 46,000 fans were cheering at Citizens Bank Park as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Los Angeles Dodgers and earned a trip to the World Series for the second year in a row, Gertrude Stein was just as happy to be watching the game on TV. After Jayson Werth slammed a three-run home run in the first inning to give...
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Some traditions at play at Main Line synagogue
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With a tallit draped over his shoulders and a guitar resting on his lap, Rabbi Ethan Franzel sat, eyes closed and completely still, in the dimly lit chapel at Main Line Reform Temple-Beth Elohim in Wynnewood. At 6:15 a.m. on Tuesday morning, darkness still enveloped the sky; the lights in the rest of the building hadn't even been turned on...
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Aaron Passman, JE Staff
When Karen Krebs-Wellerstein lost her job in May, it came as a sudden shock. For more than six years, she had worked to raise funds from major donors for the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia. With her department already shrunk, she thought she was safe. "I was very surprised," said the 55-year-old. But she didn't waste time feeling sorry for...
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