Saturday, October 25, 2014 Heshvan 1, 5775
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Ryan Teitman, JE Feature
At a conference held last month on how to make congregations more welcoming, Rabbi Philip Warmflash was heartened to see that more than 250 leaders from 42 area synagogues had come to learn what they could do to make their congregations more amenable. The event was put together by his organization, the Jewish Outreach Partnership, where he serves as executive...
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Ryan Teitman, JE Feature
As part of the 80th-anniversary celebration of Congregation Beth Am Israel in Penn Valley, several original members decided to put on an impromptu performance and belt out a few tunes. Despite the passage of many years, the former students of Beth Am's Hebrew school -- then located in southwest Philadelphia -- still recalled the songs they learned, set to Broadway...
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The national debate over attempts to force government-run pension funds to divest from rogue nations -- whether or not legislation should focus solely on Iran, Sudan or a handful of other countries, and whether the overall approach should be broad or narrow in scope -- has found its way to Harrisburg. On one side is State Rep. Josh Shapiro (D-District...
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Rachel Silverman, JE Staff
Imagine a situation where the sea levels in Egypt rise so substantially that Alexandria, the Nile River bank and parts of the Suez Canal become completely inundated. In addition to producing millions of casualties and creating a massive refugee crisis, the floodwaters would wreak havoc upon the nation's economy, which depends upon agriculture. Such strife could also affect Egypt's relationship...
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Rachel Silverman, JE Staff
Ferne Fine acknowledges that she didn't have much of a formal Jewish education. The 72-year-old no longer belongs to a synagogue, and admitted that most of her familiarity with things Jewish came from watching her three children become Bar and Bat Mitzvahs. Still, Fine, a graduate of La Salle University, said she's thirsty for Jewish learning -- and not the...
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