Monday, December 22, 2014 Kislev 30, 5775
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Aaron Passman, JE Staff
Rabbi Jeff Sultar, 47, once spent more than two years riding his bicycle 16,000 miles around the United States. Having spent all that time touring 46 states, you might now say that he's doing something similar -- touring the various Jewish communities around Philadelphia. Sultar recently joined Congregation Tiferes B'nai Israel in Warrington, his third pulpit in three counties of...
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Dozens of voices reverberated in the high-ceilinged room, creating a powerful hum of background noise in the windowless space. About 150 men and women in their 20s and 30s -- many clearly dressed to impress -- were gathered about in clusters, every so often taking sips of the red or white wine in the clear plastic cups they'd picked up...
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Aaron Passman, JE Staff
On a dreary Friday evening, new roommates Juliana Teibel and Erica Hochman were looking for some place to go. Hailing from Buffalo, N.Y., and Mountainside, N.J., respectively, the pair were new to Philadelphia and Temple University. The 18-year-olds admitted that they hadn't met many people yet -- besides each other -- and with countless student groups vying for their attention,...
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Finally, a place where some can feel religious -- and understood
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Gail Shister, JE Feature
So what are nice Jewish girls doing in a group like Nice Jewish Girls? They're expanding their knowledge of Judaism, for one thing. And they're meeting other Jewish women from the area like themselves -- single, over 50 and lesbian. Brenda Goodis, who founded Philadelphia's NJG in November 2007, describes the organization as a lesbian chavurah. There are monthly potlucks,...
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When it comes to enrollment and finances, day schools face an ongoing battle
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Over the past year, six day schools across the country were forced to close their doors, battered by the economic downturn that overtook the country beginning last September. But as the new academic year gets under way, enrollment in the Philadelphia area's six Jewish day schools has remained virtually unchanged from last year, with an expected total of 1,769 students...
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