Friday, October 24, 2014 Tishri 30, 5775

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A light, freezing rain had driven nearly everyone underneath the protective awning attached to the Independence Mall Visitors Center. Awaiting the kindling of the 37-foot-tall menorah - which sat next to a scene of the three Magi put up by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia - folks began dancing the hora to Chanukah melodies supplied by a nearby keyboardist. Lois Yampolsky,...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
A group at Temple Emanuel in Cherry Hill, N.J., has reportedly made history. With participants sprawled out across the synagogue's floor - and some bending over tables - 541 people were able to simultaneously spin their dreidels for 10 seconds, tentatively setting a new world record. The old one, as certified by the Guinness Book of Records, stood at 535...
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Elections have gotten under way for the 35th World Zionist Congress, set for this June in Jerusalem, and proponents say the three-day event is the best existing forum for Jews of wide-ranging religious and political persuasions - and from nearly every corner of the world - to help set the course for the future of the Jewish people. This year,...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
Even though artist David Danek worked for six months to build his version of the perfect dreidel, no lucky child will get a chance to give it a spin; this particular toy happens to be 8 feet tall. Standing smack-dab in the center of Doylestown, at the corner of State and Main streets, the blue, red and gold "Doylestown Dreidel"...
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Lauren Pound Somers, JE Feature
When Ruth Ford became a mother, she made sure that her children were blessed with the Jewish education she never had. She grew to love Judaism as she got older, learning Hebrew and prayers through adult education in her 50s and 60s. But today - at age 93 - she's even more connected to her heritage than ever before, thanks...
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