Thursday, October 23, 2014 Tishri 29, 5775

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According to a U.S. Census Bureau report, some 1.1 million people in the United States fell into poverty last year, bringing the total to 37 million people - or about 12.7 percent of the nation's population. Alarmed by the reality behind these statistics, two Jewish organizations already working to help alleviate the problem have recognized the urgent need to take...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
When area residents tear open their heating bills this winter, their blood might start to boil. Since Oct. 7, the price of natural gas has gone up by 19.4 percent, according to Douglas I. Oliver, a spokesman for Philadelphia Gas Works. "We anticipate that this latest increase will raise the average customer bill by $335 per year," he said. Combined...
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James Dobson, head of the conservative Christian organization Focus on the Family, is thrilled over President Bush's pick to be an associate justice in the Supreme Court. But after statements from Bush that one of White House counsel Harriet Miers' top selling points was her evangelical Christian faith, Jewish groups are collectively wondering aloud what exactly that means. The fact...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
Michael Barkann is on TV so much, you might think he doesn't have the time to order his own lunch. But you'd be wrong. "Yo. It's Michael B. Let me get a hot pastrami - I'm talking' smokin' hot … with a bag of chips … no check that, cheese curls," he rattled off in one recent afternoon, calling in...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
One day, the teachers and staff at Temple Sholom in Broomall noticed that their preschool students were fascinated by the spiders they saw outside during recess. This simple fascination gave the educators an idea. "Our approach is child-centered," explained Andi Lieberman, director of the synagogue's preschool. "We look and observe the interests of the children, and we try to build...
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