Sunday, September 21, 2014 Elul 26, 5774
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The weather seemed fitting this past Sunday, as members of Philadelphia's Jewish community gathered to mark yet another anniversary of the Shoah. With the wind howling overhead, drenched participants flooded through the doors of Congregation Rodeph Shalom in Center City, which hosted the somber, two-hour-long ceremony in lieu of its customary location in front of the Monument to the Six...
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Ryan Teitman
"There are quite a few people in the Jewish community that live at, or below, the poverty level," explained Samuel Domsky, who didn't think that was a good reason for them to go without a Passover meal. So he decided to do something about it. "It's our most important holiday that we observe," he affirmed. That was the situation nearly...
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Ryan Teitman
Experts seem to be recognizing that the neighborhoods where people live play an increasingly important role in their health and well-being. When it comes to seniors, these factors multiply in relevance. In Philadelphia, for example, the problem is two-fold. Citizens are aging rapidly: Over the next 15 years, the percentage of urban residents over the age of 60 will increase...
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Toba Spitzer thinks it's no big deal that she happens to be the first openly gay rabbi to head the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association -- or, for that matter, any major Jewish clerical association in the United States. After all, the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College was the first to admit openly gay and lesbian students in 1984 and endorse the ordination of...
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Following a five-year stint in South Africa where she created a gourmet cookie company from the ground up -- hiring residents of an impoverished township near Cape Town as employees -- Alicia D. Polak is back to market her products and promote her venture. Polak, a one-time investment banker who traveled the world, argues that a socially responsible, for-profit business...
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