Wednesday, September 17, 2014 Elul 22, 5774
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Nearly 20 years after leaving his job in the government affairs office of the American Jewish Committee to start rabbinical school, Rabbi Mark Robbins is returning to the organization to head up its Philadelphia/Southern New Jersey regional office. Seating a rabbi at the helm marks a major change for the local AJC office. For decades, the local office was headed...
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Meredith E. Friedman
REFLECTIONS By Meredith E. Friedman To me, Rosh Hashanah has always been a holiday about hope -- hope for a sweet new year. When my water broke during a Rosh Hashanah luncheon, hope and excitement filled the air. Jonah would be the first grandchild on my family's side and, for my in-laws, their only son's first son. No one knew,...
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In the early 1970s, Daniel Zucker, fresh out of college, thought he had found his life's passion in archaeology. The California native was helping to excavate Ein Gedi, an ancient site on the shores of the Dead Sea and loving every minute of it. But then he became aware of a problem; none of his married supervisors ever seemed to...
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A Jewish day school in Westchester County, N.Y., might not be the most rough and tumble place to get an education, but Rabbi Joshua Gruenberg said he had to learn to be tough as a kid: His parents were from Philadelphia and he was a diehard Phillies fan surrounded by Yankees and Mets devotees. Now, finally, Gruenberg is living in...
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Mordechai Shinefield, JE Feature
When the Philadelphia Phillies called him up from the minors in mid-August, Michael Schwimer joined an elite group with a tiny membership -- Major League Baseball's small band of Jewish players. Now, with the Phillies on deck to start the post-season on Saturday, Schwimer won't have the chance to fulfill his dream of contributing to his team in the playoffs...
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