Friday, December 26, 2014 Tevet 4, 5775
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A diverse group of 25 teens - athletes, musicians, artists, actors, poets, Eagle Scouts, Republicans and Democrats - came together in December at Gratz College for the launching of the Satell Teen Fellowship for Leadership and Social Action. The Satell Fellows, from both private and public high schools, and of each of the five counties of Greater Philadelphia, competed with...
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Jared Shelly,JE Feature
When applying for her passport in the Soviet Union, Marina Volin had a decision to make: Did she want to be registered as Jewish? Since her father was Jewish but her mother was not, Volin could have gotten off easy, and marked her nationality as Russian - the Soviet government regarded being Jewish as a national distinction, not a religious...
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Laura Pound Somers- JE Feature
Research shows that strong connections with Israel are essential in building an enduring Jewish identity. But according to the Jewish Agency for Israel, many North American Jews have become disconnected from Israel, and educational institutions have not sufficiently integrated the Jewish state into their curricula to instill powerful bonds in the younger generation. To change those trends, the Jewish Federation...
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Zara Myers, JE Feature
A parent of a student in the predecessor of what's now the K'tonton School for Young Children at Congregation B'nai Jacob in Phoenixville once told his teacher, Ruthe Actor: "My son won't eat until he's said the blessing before meals." For Actor, the actions of that small boy epitomize the bigger picture of Jewish identity and continuity that she taught...
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The chanukiah has room for nine candles, which are lit immediately after dark (except on Friday evening when they should be lit just before lighting the Shabbat candles). One candle, the tallest, is called the shamash or "servant." Each night of Chanukah, the shamash is lit and then used to light the other candles. On the fight night, light the...
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