Tuesday, September 2, 2014 Elul 7, 5774
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What was billed as a Thursday-morning interfaith event where clergy could receive information and advice on caring for the elderly wound up turning into a sing-along session with strong Christian overtones, led by a representative from Mayor John F. Street's office. Rev. Marguerite Handy, executive director of the Mayor's Office of Faith-Based Initiatives, was asked to give the closing remarks...
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Zach Pontz, JE Feature
Dalia Sofer was only 10 when her family fled their homeland of Iran in the wake of the Islamic revolution of the late 1970s, which saw the end of the Shah's regime. Still, despite her tender years at the time of this forced leave-taking and her sketchy memories of the past, Sofer told a local synagogue audience that she drew...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
The heated debate over the potential building of a 130-foot cell-phone tower on the grounds of Shalom Memorial Park and Forest Hills Cemetery has come to a close. An Oct. 23 meeting marked the third time that the T-Mobile communications company faced off against community opposition; the final decision now rests in the hands of the Zoning Hearing Board of...
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Thousands of volunteers engaged in projects throughout the area Sunday as part of Mitzvah Mania, sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia. The Mural Arts Project (left) at the Taggart Elementary School, 400 S. Porter St., gave folks the chance to fashion a legacy to the contributions Jews have made in South Philly. The design was created by muralist...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
For many day-school students, it would be difficult to imagine Shabbat services held not in a decorative sanctuary, but in a small white room, where the "Torahs" are really just makeshift paper constructions, and the prayers are not led by a rabbi, but by someone no different than the rest of the congregation. Such is life in the middle of...
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