Sunday, December 28, 2014 Tevet 6, 5775
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A local theater group's production of the Holocaust-themed play I Never Saw Another Butterfly is having unintended consequences for some of the children in its cast. Written by Celeste Raspanti, Butterfly is based on the book compiled by Raja Engländerová, who survived Terezín, the Czechoslovakian concentration camp also known by its German name, Theresienstadt. More than 15,000 children passed through...
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The key to getting more Jewish families to live along the Old York Road corridor is to make the area more enticing for young families of all backgrounds. It's within the realm of possibility, but it will take a concerted effort that extends beyond the Jewish community. That, in essence, is the conclusion of a 100-plus-page report on the Old...
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Jackie Bobrin doubted her 8-year-old son Ethan would be able to attend religious school. "Regular" life was difficult enough with the behaviors his doctors attributed to a possible combination of Attention Deficit Disorder, Asberger's and bipolar disorder, she said. What synagogue would have the interest -- or resources -- to give him the extra attention he needed? Surprisingly, the Bryn...
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Lewis Katz, one of the new owners of The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News and Philly.com, is a major funder of Jewish causes. Three Jewish Community Centers in New Jersey, including the ones in Cherry Hill and Margate, are named for his parents, Betty and Milton Katz. The 70-year-old lawyer and businessman originally from Camden is one of the...
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For the sixth straight year, Rabbi Dan Ehrenkrantz, president of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote, was included on the Newsweek/Daily Beast list of America's top 50 rabbis. This year, Ehrenkrantz came in at No. 15; last year, he was 16. The editors stated that Ehrenkrantz "carries the torch for self-critical, nuanced Judaism." He's also credited with leading the institution...
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