Friday, August 22, 2014 Av 26, 5774
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Rabbi Joel Seltzer returns to his "Ramahnik" roots as the new director of Camp Ramah in the Poconos - a daydream come true for the young father who most recently worked as a pulpit rabbi in Providence, R.I.
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While Jewish institutions in the Philadelphia area emerged from the recent storm relatively unscathed, such was not the case in New York and New Jersey, where the total cost of the devastation is still being assessed.
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Graham Spanier, the Jewish former president of Penn State University whose parents fled Nazi Germany and who had been a big supporter of the campus Hillel, is now facing criminal charges. He was fired last year in the wake of the child sex abuse scandal that centered around former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.
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Though author Nathan Englander readily admits that he's veered away from his observant upbringing, Jewish themes pervade his work, including his latest collection of short stories, What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank, the featured title for this year's "One Book One Jewish Community."
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Maccabi USA honored more than 20 “legends and heroes” of the Maccabiah Games with Philadelphia-area ties at an Oct. 22 Gala event in Center City. The honorees included Dolph Schayes, the first coach of the Philadelphia 76ers; Tal Brody, the Israeli basketball standout who grew up in Trenton, N.J., and Julian Krinsky, the camp owner and former professional tennis player...
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