Sunday, September 21, 2014 Elul 26, 5774
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The American and Israeli flags make for a ubiquitous pairing inside Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, adorning the Elkins Park synagogue's sanctuary bimah, chapel, library and classrooms like a couple that had seemingly been together forever. But just two years ago, Israeli flags were in short supply within the building - an omission that seemed less representative of 2003 than of...
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Clank. The aluminum bat made sharp contact with the leather-covered softball, thrown so slowly that it seemed to momentarily hang in the summer air before being driven toward the dirt. The hitter's teammates could tell by the high-pitched sound that he didn't get all of it. So 71-year-old Jim Brody tossed the bat aside and made his best effort at...
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Avivah Raziel, who helps bring life into the world as a neonatal nurse, was at work at Hadassah Hospital on Aug. 9, 2001, when she heard that a suicide bomber had struck a pizza place in the heart of Jerusalem, claiming 15 lives. "My first thought was there must have been many young people there," explained Raziel, 52, who between...
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Temple Brith Kodesh renovated a duplex on Frontenac and Wellington streets in Northeast Philadelphia 50 years ago, taking what was just a house and converting it into a synagogue. Over the course of a summer all those years ago, members volunteered their time to design a sanctuary, build an office for the rabbi and create classrooms where the children could...
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Hoping, quite literally, for some kind of miracle, Jeff Landsman slipped a desperately scrawled note into a crevice in the Western Wall. On his first visit to Israel five years ago, the married father of two teenagers asked God for the strength to come out to the world as a gay man. "Everything I knew was unraveling faster than I...
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