Thursday, July 10, 2014 Tammuz 12, 5774
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Valerie Khmelnitsky has lived in the United States for 20 years, but her social circle is still comprised almost entirely of other Jews born in the former Soviet Union.
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For the first time in more than a century of existence, the Vaad: The Board of Rabbis of Greater Philadelphia has elected a woman to lead the organization. Rabbi Elisa Goldberg, formerly the board's vice president, has already begun her two-year term, taking over from Rabbi Jay Stein of Har Zion Temple. Goldberg, a Reconstructionist rabbi, is the director of...
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A Bucks County couple is challenging the Jewish community to support the JCC Maccabi Games that will be held in Philadelphia this August. Gene and Marlene Epstein will match up to $5,000 in donations made through June 30. "We must be supportive of Jewish events, especially one like the Maccabi Games, which bring together young people who share the pride...
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The West Laurel Hill Cemetery in Bala Cynwyd is set to officially, and belatedly, open its Jewish section later this month, making it the newest Jewish burial space in the area. But it remains to be seen whether a newcomer -- a private company running a historic cemetery with Quaker roots -- can make inroads in a Jewish community that...
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When Sheila Stockley started working at the former Northern Hebrew Day Nursery in 1956 at age 16, she spent most of her time watching the children roam around a cement playground until their parents, usually single moms, came to pick them up. Today, at 71, Stockley still works as an administrator and caregiver for the Jewish child care agency, which...
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