Monday, December 29, 2014 Tevet 7, 5775
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What would happen if two 20-something Jews were asked to entertain hundreds of restless Ramah campers for an hour on a rain-soaked summer day? As it turned out, it was something like midrash meets Monty Python, with a little bit of Mel thrown in -- Brooks, that is. That's how Andrew Davies and Aaron Friedman -- who both spent the...
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Once a month, Nadine Silber, her husband and two little boys drive all the way from their Bucks County home in Bristol Borough for Saturday morning services at Mishkan Shalom in Philadelphia. The draw: Celebrations! -- an educational workshop tailored for children with disabilities and their families. There are closer synagogues, Silber said, but none of them has programs suitable...
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Give 600 people some training, sustain them with food, arm them with pledge cards and pens, then set them loose on the banks of phones at the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy. What do you get? More than 3,000 gifts totaling well over $1 million in contributions to the 2012 Jewish Federation Annual Campaign. The men, women, teens, young adults...
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For the leaders of Temple Brith Achim, a 275-family Reform congregation in King of Prussia, scrapping membership dues two years ago in favor of a pay-what-you-wish approach was a bit like stepping off a cliff. But after overhauling how members fund the entire synagogue operation -- in part, by trading the word "dues" for the more altruistic-sounding term "gift" --...
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Toward the end of her life, 15-year-old Rina Goldberg declared her bedroom to be a no-crying zone. She tried her best to enforce that policy, too, said her father, Ari, director of the Jewish Community High School at Gratz College. "If you're going to cry, leave the room," the Cheltenham teenager once told her grandma. Even as a debilitating disease...
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