Wednesday, September 2, 2015 Elul 18, 5775
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
Standing in a grassy synagogue courtyard, Chiquita obviously didn't understand the words coming out of Rabbi Barry Blum's mouth - all of the 3-year-old chihuahua's attention was focused on the treat in the man's hand. "God opens his hand and satisfies every living thing with love and favor," said Blum, who then fed the small dog. Dianne Shames, who brought...
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Jan L. Apple, JE Feature
The beauty and warmth of Shabbat stretched across an entire geographic region when a monthlong community initiative "Let's Celebrate Shabbat Across Bucks County" was observed at 12 area synagogues throughout September. While each participating congregation (Reform, Conservative and Reconstructionist) tailored programming to fit particular needs, the end result yielded what it had intended - the creation of family-oriented activities that...
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Historically, American Jews have been liberal in their political positions, and generally opposed to war and violence. Opinions among individuals, of course, have varied across the board, but the majority have been known to oppose large-scale conflagrations, and have gone public with their viewpoints. Thus, it's not surprising to learn that one branch of Judaism may be set to make...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
Imagine a USO party from the World War II era, with the band on stage playing swing music, uniformed servicemen and women doing the jitterbug, and comedians like Bob Hope giving the troops a few well-needed laughs. Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel will try to recapture the past by throwing an old-fashioned USO Canteen party at 5 p.m. on Nov. 13...
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Zara Myers, JE Feature
Like it says in the song, "All My Life's a Circle," Michael Dvorak's keeps "goin' round," coming back to family, his synagogue, the Jewish community and to Israel. Dvorak, one of five siblings who grew up in Wyndmoor, said that now that he's the father of two, he admires his parents more than ever: "We have all remained very close,...
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