Saturday, July 4, 2015 Tammuz 17, 5775
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Laura Mass, JE Feature
I glanced around the room at the other students in the class, searching for body language that mirrored my own -- a hand raised in the air, or perhaps a look of confusion or even concern on their faces. It was September 2002, my first semester of a two-year master's program in historic preservation at the University of Pennsylvania. Our...
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No longer able to draw a minyan on Shabbat -- let alone on weekdays -- Young Israel of Oxford Circle, founded 53 years ago, has decided to close its doors for good, making it the latest Northeast Philadelphia synagogue to fall victim to changing demographics and a worsening economic picture. "Fifty years ago, people never thought that the neighborhood would...
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Newsweek named Germantown Jewish Centre one of the 25 most vibrant synagogues in the nation, describing it as a "model for pluralistic and egalitarian worship and community." The list (at www.newsweek.com ) was compiled by Michael Lynton, chairman & CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment; Gary Ginsberg, executive vice president of News Corporation; and Jay Sanderson, CEO of Jewish Television Network...
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Gail Shister, JE Feature
Jonathan Gilad, 24, works on Capitol Hill, studied at yeshiva in Israel, attends Orthodox services at least twice a week and has never tasted a cheeseburger. Cornell freshman Annie Bass, 18, prays throughout the day -- including before and after meals -- and is known around campus as "the girl in the kippot." Matt Feczko, 21, a junior at the...
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African-American shul dedicates new scroll
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
At the start of the ceremony dedicating the congregation's new Sefer Torah, Rabbi Debra Bowen of Congregation Temple Beth'El in Philadelphia summed up the situation: "I'm beside myself, as are most of Congregation Temple Beth'El," she said. "We've been unable to sleep, unable to eat -- and our medical personnel have told us that we have 'Torah fever.' " When...
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