Wednesday, April 16, 2014 Nisan 16, 5774
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By now, the whole world knows the name and face of Joshua Fattal, the 29-year-old Elkins Park native who spent 26 months in an Iranian prison before being reunited with his family last week in Oman and arriving back on U.S. soil on Sunday. But one aspect of the story that has largely gone unreported is the fact that Fattal...
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In the 10 years since she married a Jewish man, Kari Kohn has learned a thing or two about synagogues -- how some can make her feel alienated and others can make her feel welcome. One cue about a synagogue's vibe is how members react when she reveals she's not Jewish, said Kohn, who was raised a Presbyterian. Do they...
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The Rev. William Borror, religious leader of the Media Presbyterian Church, wants to make it clear that not all members of his denomination are reflexively anti-Israel. In fact, he said, it's a small minority that has repeatedly raised the issue of divesting from certain companies with ties to Israel. The Church's Committee of Mission Responsibility Through Investment recommended on Sept...
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ACAJE/JO -- what? The Auerbach Central Agency for Jewish Education/Jewish Outreach Partnership, known as ACAJE/JOP, is saying goodbye to its 65-character tongue-twister of a name. Two years after the nonprofit groups merged, board members have rebranded the organization as the Jewish Learning Venture. Mathematically speaking, that's about one third of the length of the former name. But getting to this...
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Mordechai Shinefield, JE Feature
On a recent sunny Sunday, Rabbi Mendy Cohen gathered with about 30 kids and teen volunteers outside Congregation Beth Hamedrosh in Wynnewood to transmute goats' horns into shofars. Decked out in safety goggles and workman's gloves, the rabbi from Chabad of the Main Line helped the young people measure the horns, cut them by hand with a hacksaw and drilled...
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