Saturday, October 25, 2014 Heshvan 1, 5775
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Rachel Silverman, JE Feature
Synagogues are built around the idea of organized worship -- the notion that Judaism should be practiced at a central address where activities can be held, congregants can study, a rabbi can lead, and officers can fundraise. Yet Philadelphia's Unstructured Synagogue Havurah shares very few of these elements. Indeed, the group has no dues, no building, no officers and no...
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The Purpose Driven Life , Evangelical pastor Rick Warren's book about following the teachings of Jesus, has sold millions and made its author a household name. While Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis hasn't quite reached that level of fame, her books -- Life Is a Test, The Committed Life , as well as Jewish Souls on Fire -- which urge Jews to...
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By:
Ryan Teitman
If Frieda Lefeber has a problem, it's this: She's been characterized her whole life with boundless energy. Half a century ago, all her efforts were focused on simple survival. After being persecuted under the Nazi regime in Germany, Lefeber, now 92, managed to escape to the United States with her husband, while other family members fled to what was then...
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Ryan Teitman, JE Feature
On May 7, six foreign-born Muslims were arrested for allegedly plotting to kill U.S. soldiers at Fort Dix in New Jersey. Four of the men were from Cherry Hill, N.J., just miles from the military base. At Temple Emanuel in Cherry Hill, the reaction by the Jewish community was one of concern, but not of fear, and seemed to be...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
Although the vast exurbs of the Princeton Mercer Bucks region have historically lacked a Jewish infrastructure, a new 80-acre campus to be built in West Windsor, N.J., could come to be the "central address" for the Jewish community in the area. With plans calling for a 75,000-square-foot structure and considerable outdoor development, the total cost of the Jewish Community Campus...
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