Wednesday, August 20, 2014 Av 24, 5774
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Three local rabbis were among 20 leaders of the Conservative movement who held an informal White House meeting May 29 with President Barack Obama. Rabbis Andrea Merow of Beth Sholom Congregation in Elkins Park, Eric Yanoff of Adath Israel in Merion Station and David Ackerman of Beth Am Israel in Penn Valley were among the group that included Arnold Eisen,...
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Shavuot, or "the festival of weeks," is Erin Souza's favorite holiday, epitomizing for her Judaism's focus on study and intellectual examination. There's another reason the 24-year-old Souza is partial to the holiday, which begins Saturday night: She is a Jew by choice. Shavuot is the festival most closely associated with converts to the faith because the Book of Ruth is...
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For years, Laurel Klein has been dreaming of opening a combination restaurant, bar and performance space where Jewish young adults could gather to eat, socialize, learn and then "take their Jewishness back home with them." Now, the 31-year-old Philadelphia transplant has a litmus test of whether others want that, too. Klein's proposed "Cafe Olam" is among a handful of startups...
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Dig up your old camp shirts and friendship bracelets: The National Museum of American Jewish History and the Collaborative are calling young professionals to reconnect with old bunkmates and reminisce about nights around the campfire during a nostalgic "Camp Reunion" on June 5. The event will include such camping delicacies as s'mores and "adult bug juice," plus an improv comedy...
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Lawmakers in both houses of the Pennsylvania General Assembly have introduced companion bills that would require the state's school districts to offer Holocaust education. Last week, State Sen. Anthony Williams (D-District 8), a Democrat who represents parts of Philadelphia and Delaware County, introduced Senate Bill 1523. Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-District 170) of Northeast Philadelphia, introduced a version of the bill...
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