Sunday, September 21, 2014 Elul 26, 5774
The new Kesher curriculum for fifth-graders at Temple Judea of Bucks County is aimed at connecting to Israel, and the capstone of the year was a simulated "tour of Israel" given by the students for their families. Zach "Mordecai" Teitel welcomes folks to a replica of the Underwater Observatory Marine Park in Eilat, Israel's southernmost tip. An assortment of "fish"...
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Rachel Silverman, JE Feature
Like many cities in the former Soviet Union, Kerch -- today part of Ukraine -- didn't permit much in the way of Jewish life and practice during the greater part of the 20th century. But after the Ukrainian state declared independence in 1991, a movement for Jewish renewal began, and a congregation was born in the seaport city. According to...
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Thanks to a little mazel, no Cub or Boy Scout pack has ever picked -- or been randomly assigned -- the number 613. So when Center City mom Nora Tillman filled out the paperwork to start a new Jewish scouting troop, she immediately decided to name it after the number of commandments enumerated in the Five Books of Moses. "This...
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Rabbi Alan J. Iser of Congregation Or Shalom recites Kaddish after completing the burial of worn-out prayerbooks at Haym Salomon Memorial Park in Frazer. In keeping with ancient Jewish tradition, the service was similar to that of burying a person who used the sacred texts themselves, with psalms, readings and even a eulogy offered by the rabbi.
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The roller-coaster ride of the Philadelphia Democratic mayoral primary is over, resulting in what many experts pegged as a highly improbable victory for former City Councilman Michael Nutter. Now Nutter's supporters, as well as many backers of the four candidates he defeated, are expressing hope that the self-styled reformer can bring fundamental change to City Hall, improve the downtown business...
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