Tuesday, July 28, 2015 Av 12, 5775
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Ryan Teitman
"We know that the Jewish community is considerably grayer than the general population," said Rabbi Dayle A. Friedman. "It's something that people have been afraid to acknowledge." Nearly 25 percent of the Jewish population is over the age of 60, according to Friedman, yet the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote where she now works is one of the few Jewish...
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Ryan Teitman
When Etz Chaim of Eastern Montgomery County opens in a storefront right near the Elkins Park train station this November, commuters will have an exciting new option in Jewish education: "Torah Express." These 15-minute classes will allow commuters to have a danish and coffee, hear a brief lesson for the day, then catch their train to work. This innovative class...
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Organizers of a Selichot program at Germantown Jewish Centre -- "Are We in the Midst of World War III?" -- admitted that the title might be considered a tad sensationalist. Yet in light of the recent war between Israel and Hezbollah, the ongoing conflagrations in Afghanistan and Iraq, and increasing anti-Semitism in Europe and the Arab world, synagogue officials thought...
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Johanna Markind, JE Feature
According to Rabbi Vivian Mayer, the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College's vision of successful rabbinic training includes not only imparting knowledge to its students, but also "touching their hearts." To that end, the college recently hired Mayer to serve as director of both its Mekhinah Program and its Bet Midrash. As Tamar Kamionkowski, academic dean of the college, explains: "Vivie brings a...
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Though Jordi Gendra wasn't really raised with any sense of religion, as a young boy growing up in Barcelona, Spain, he didn't eat pork, he lit candles for the deceased and, though he didn't pray, he knew that if he ever were to, he'd have to cover his head. He also knew that what he was - Jewish - had...
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