Friday, August 29, 2014 Elul 3, 5774
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Aaron Passman, JE FEature
Growing up in the 1950s and '60s, Rayman Solomon, the son of David and Miriam Solomon of Helena, Ark., read the Megillah in English at Purim; attended Passover seders that concluded not with "Next Year in Jerusalem," but with a rendition of "America the Beautiful"; and was confirmed as a teenager alongside eight of his peers, in lieu of becoming...
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Season's greetings took on a somewhat sour note when I heard a certain salutation amid the jingle bells and paper horns touting a happy new year. "Where's my husband? He's at the store, trying to Jew down the owner for a better price." I happened to be in the lovely resort of Aruba, sifting through children's clothing along with my...
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To many people, Jews and South Koreans couldn't be more dissimilar. They don't seem to share such things as language, food, religion, history or geography. Still, that's not the way E. Harris Baum sees it. "They are a people that are very warm and devoted to principles that we believe in as Jewish people: ethics, moral integrity and dedication," said...
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Germantown Jewish Centre has launched a "Green Mezuzah Havurah," a new group devoted to sustainability and lessening the carbon footprint of its members. The idea came in part from Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin, founder of the Baltimore Jewish Environmental Network, who spoke at the local synagogue in the spring and urged members to create small groups dedicated to environmentalism. During...
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After recently spending $10,000 for renovations and upkeep, supporters of the Joseph and Martha Melohn Bucks County Mikvah in Bensalem thought they were in the clear for a time. But a recent notification from the local water department left members of the mikvah -- as well as the synagogue with which its affiliated -- feeling like they'd been sunk in...
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