Wednesday, July 1, 2015 Tammuz 14, 5775
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Aaron Passman, Staff Writer
David Shepard made his initial trip to Israel this summer, but what struck him most wasn't the history or the awe of being in the Jewish homeland for the first time. Rather, it was the schools he saw that made a lasting impression. Indeed, Shepard returned from the trip with a keener understanding of the problems facing educational institutions both...
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It's pretty standard for synagogues to require a ticket for entry into High Holiday services. But whoever heard of needing tickets for a seat in the sanctuary on a Shabbat morning in mid-August -- up in the Poconos, no less? But things have always operated in a "counterseasonal" manner at Congregation B'nai Harim, a 13-year-old Reform synagogue situated at 1,800...
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Sally Friedman, Jewish Exponent Feature
I was recently standing with my husband in the vast lobby of the Borgata, presumably Atlantic City's eighth wonder of the world. The place was opulent, naughty and dizzying, sometimes all at once. But I was remembering another Atlantic City, the one so familiar to legions of Jewish Philadelphians, the one my grandmother called "Tlontic City." There were no glittering...
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Rachel Levy Lesser, Jewish Exponent Feature
If you want your family to stay close, then buy a house at the shore. That seems to be the consensus among the generations of families who have been sharing houses at the Jersey shore summer after summer. Linda Sohn of Holland, Pa., who has spent nine summers with her husband, two daughters, sons-in-law and four grandsons at their house...
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Closing of local office sparks rethinking of URJ's links with congregations
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Two months after the Union for Reform Judaism closed its Philadelphia office -- along with 13 others across the country -- it's still far from clear what long-term impact the move will have on the region's congregations. "This is the beginning of a process and only time will tell how valid it is," said Rabbi Richard Address, who ran the...
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