Sunday, December 21, 2014 Kislev 29, 5775

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Mordechai Shinefield, Jewish Exponent Feature
"There's a feeling that this is the next Brooklyn," Saul Sudin said, gesturing to the South Philadelphia neighborhood right outside Congregation Shivtei Yeshuron Ezras Israel. Faced with the depressed urban scene surrounding the shul, one might be hard-pressed to share Sudin's enthusiasm. The synagogue, founded in 1876, sits deep in the neighborhood, sandwiched between row houses and across from empty...
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Rabbi David Teutsch, a local author, was among the 2011 National Jewish Book Award winners. Teutsch, who lives in Mount Airy and is the former president of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, received the Myra H. Kraft Award in the category of Contemporary Jewish Life and Practice. His book, A Guide to Jewish Practice: Everyday Living , was published by RRC...
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Composer John Kander plays on social injustice, comfortable at making an audience squirm a bit
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Razzle-dazzle 'em? Who better than John Kander. The Chicago composer has always thought of Broadway as his kind of town. Now, it may be Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Theatre Company www.philadelphiatheatrecompany.org has bagged some major bragging rights in bringing The Scottsboro Boys -- a critically acclaimed theater piece that nevertheless got the audience's heave on Broadway in December 2010 -- to...
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Shalom Auslander, a 41-year-old fiction writer and essayist, lives in upstate New York and grew up in the Orthodox enclave of Monsey, N.Y. Much of his profanity-laced writing -- including his 2007 memoir, Foreskin's Lament -- focuses on his break from his religious upbringing and could be described as darkly comic. The married father of two young sons recently published...
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Rivka Tal, Jewish Exponent Feature
A TASTE OF ISRAEL The little garden in front of our apartment here in Jerusalem isn't doing too well lately. We've had to be miserly with watering because of Israel's severe water shortage (always a problem, but worse the last few years). But our lemon tree does remarkably well even in the face of neglect. Admittedly, its produce is not...
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Arts and Culture Events

Sun. Dec 21
Congregation Beth El of Bucks County
2:00 PM
Congregation Beth El of Bucks County
Tue. Dec 23
The Global Phenomenon 8th Day Live in Concert
Lubavitch of Bucks County
7:30 PM
Wed. Dec 24
6:00 PM

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