Sunday, September 21, 2014 Elul 26, 5774
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Ryan Teitman
With more and more people becoming increasingly sensitive about what they eat and where their food comes from, congregants at Congregation Kol Ami in Elkins Park have taken a proactive step -- and decided to go right to the source. The congregation has started a community-supported agriculture project called Tuv Ha'Aretz, which in Hebrew means both "good from the earth"...
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When you think about urban greenery, it's probably Central Park -- that oasis of trails, lakes and playgrounds in central Manhattan -- that first comes to mind. But, truth be told, Philadelphia -- with its expansive Fairmount Park system and sprinkling of urban squares (Rittenhouse, Logan and Fitler, among others) -- was designed to be the mecca for city gardens...
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According to local Rabbi Arthur Waskow, Judah and the Maccabees were some of the earliest conservationists: "They made one day's oil suffice for eight days' needs," he explained. Waskow, who directs the Shalom Center here in Philadelphia, wants modern-day Jews to continue in the vein of this ancient Chanukah standard. That's why the organization has instituted a new "Green Menorah"...
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At times, the headlines are dominated by images of inter-religious strife. The pope vs. the Muslims. Jews against Arabs. The religion-based tenor of the war on terror. But on Sunday afternoon, leaders of various faith communities gathered in Philadelphia to say in one voice: "We must repair the world." Drawing a diverse crowd to the Arch Street Friends Meeting House,...
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What's got Al Gore so hot and bothered? It's the global warming, he says. With all due respect to Mrs. Gore and the 2000 Convention Kiss of the Year, what's on Gore's lips these days is a topic tantamount to global survival. And the man once considered as animated as "holy wood" is going Hollywood to bring it to the...
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