Thursday, October 23, 2014 Tishri 29, 5775
By:
Aaron Passman
Daniel Weinblatt was homesick. "The first few weeks felt like a year," he lamented. "It took so long to get used to the program and everyone there, and I felt very homesick. But after those first few weeks, the program flew by." Weinblatt was part of this year's junior class from Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy (formerly Akiba Hebrew Academy)...
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By:
Aaron Passman
For real understanding to occur between cultures, people must see one another as people and not just as "representatives of a national collective," a proponent of interreligious dialogue noted at a recent event in Bryn Mawr. "There is more moderation in Islam than you'd like to believe," especially if you only read your local newspaper, said Rabbi Ron Kronish, who...
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By:
Aaron Passman
As the product of intermarriage, Hannah Lau jokingly referred to herself as "Jewnese" or "Chinish" -- although she added that she's never felt Jewish or Chinese enough to fit into either corner. "Children of intermarried families don't necessarily feel less Jewish," speculated the recent University of Pennsylvania graduate. "It just takes them more time to figure out what [being Jewish]...
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By:
Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg
Down a narrow cellblock alley at Eastern State Penitentiary, beyond a locked gate, is a small room that's been overlooked and forgotten for nearly four decades. Though time and weather have taken their toll, there is no mistaking what the hidden space is -- a synagogue. From the early 1920s until the beginning of the 1970s, the synagogue behind the...
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By:
Aaron Passman
Standing in a circle of light on a small, bare stage, Greg Aguela told an audience of nearly 50 people how he'd found God at the Western Wall. "It wasn't necessarily cool to be a Jew" growing up, he explained in a rhythmic, spoken-word piece. Aguela told how he never particularly embraced or identified with his own Jewish heritage, but...
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