Sunday, December 28, 2014 Tevet 6, 5775
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Bitter cold air swept into Moishe House on a recent Friday evening as 23-year-old Deborah Shroder hobbled through the front door on crutches, somehow managing to climb the steps to the living room on her knees while carrying a sack of cookies in one hand. Even with the weather and a sprained ankle working against her, this is Shroder's home...
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Avi Romanoff spent months preparing to play the role of former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman in a mock school primary. The 15-year-old sophomore at the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy in Bryn Mawr scoured the presidential hopeful's website and followed the political coverage. He also watched as many of the GOP presidential debates as he could, not only to learn...
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A week into the semester, University of Pennsylvania students have begun organizing a grass-roots Shabbat dinner program and, with support from the larger Jewish community, a public lecture from Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz as a response to a fast-approaching national conference promoting boycott, divestment and sanctions against the Jewish state. The university has distanced itself from the conference, slated...
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Mordechai Shinefield, Jewish Exponent Feature
"There's a feeling that this is the next Brooklyn," Saul Sudin said, gesturing to the South Philadelphia neighborhood right outside Congregation Shivtei Yeshuron Ezras Israel. Faced with the depressed urban scene surrounding the shul, one might be hard-pressed to share Sudin's enthusiasm. The synagogue, founded in 1876, sits deep in the neighborhood, sandwiched between row houses and across from empty...
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As a young father, Rabbi J. Harold Romirowsky used to buy day-old goods from the local bakeries and secretly leave them at the doors of families who needed help. Over more than four decades at the helm of his Conservative synagogue in Northeast Philadelphia, he touched thousands of lives, from congregants to fellow rabbis in the area. He died of...
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