Sunday, December 28, 2014 Tevet 6, 5775
The weather cooperated for the second annual "Oy Vey 5K," held last month by Congregation Beth Or in Maple Glen: It was a bit overcast, not too hot and not too dry. About 250 runners and walkers participated in this benefit for two charities: Jacob's Ladder, a program run by Jewish Family and Children's Service, and the Interfaith Housing Alliance...
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Jino Nakhle, all of 12, recalls the moment with astonishing clarity. Just seven years ago, his father, then a soldier with the South Lebanese Army, broke the news to the family that they had to leave their home immediately -- and forever. It was a simple question of survival. Back in June 2000, Israeli premier Ehud Barak gave the order...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
With statistics showing that boys are more likely than girls to significantly decrease Jewish involvement after their Bar Mitzvahs, what can Jewish institutions do to keep young males active in synagogue and communal life? "Forty-seven percent of boys see their Bar Mitzvah as their graduation from Judaism. I don't remember getting a Judaism diploma at my Bar Mitzvah, but that's...
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Israeli teens Oded Rinsky and Shy-li Tal gave up virtually every weekend for the past six months in order to prepare for their summer gig -- touring the United States as "emissaries" of their home country. It's part of a Scouting tradition that stretches back decades, even before the founding of the Jewish state. In fact, it seems like many...
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Rachel Silverman, JE FEature
The rabbi stood at the front of the room, holding a big book. But as he leaned over to read, he didn't begin a sermon or start chanting Hebrew trope. Instead, Rabbi Ira F. Stone of Temple B'nai Zion-B'nai Israel in Center City helped a flock of children sound out a word. "It's a big one," said the rabbi, gazing...
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