Friday, October 31, 2014 Heshvan 7, 5775
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Zoe Cohen and Ken Rosso are due to have their second child in September, and if it's a boy, they're already set on not circumcising him. The West Philly couple made the same decision three years ago when their son was born, and they have no regrets. As far as they're concerned, she says, honoring an ancient ritual isn't worth...
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A rabbi and former teacher living in Northeast Philadelphia was sentenced to 10 years probation last week in a Boston court after pleading guilty in a sex abuse case involving students at a Massachusetts day school more than 30 years ago. The charges in Boston date back to 1975, when Stanley Levitt taught sixth grade at the Maimonides School, an...
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Rafi Glantz wanted to join the Israel Defense Forces since he was 10 years old. At that time, according to the 18-year-old, his parents didn't take him seriously. But there's no denying his commitment now as he prepares for an Aug. 13 flight that will bring him to basic training in his new home. "Israel's really the only safe place...
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When it was released two and a half years ago, the 2009 "Jewish Population Study of Greater Philadelphia" alarmed -- but didn't exactly shock -- local Jewish leaders. The findings painted a portrait of young Jewish adults far less connected to Jewish life and Israel than prior generations and less likely to marry Jews or raise their children as Jews...
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The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia is allocating $5.9 million to local programs that serve the hungry, help the economically insecure and support seniors for the next fiscal year. That figure -- which includes unrestricted funding along with restricted and pass-through gifts -- is down by about $160,000 from last year. But two new initiatives in the works could mean...
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