Saturday, April 19, 2014 Nisan 19, 5774
By:
Rachel Silverman, JE Staff
Four years ago, Kelly Galfand couldn't take her kids to synagogue on Shabbat. That's because doing so would render Galfand, an observant Jew in Lower Merion, at odds with Jewish law. Halachah prescribes that only Jews living within a certain designated zone -- called an eruv -- can perform certain tasks on Shabbat. For those living outside the zone, activities...
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By:
Rachel Silverman, JE Staff
According to Neil Lazarus, a British Jew who now lives in Israel, the fight to preserve the Jewish state is not just ideological or political. It's also a linguistic shouting match. As an advocate for Israel, Lazarus wants to provide the weapons -- in this case, words -- to help crush Israel's enemies. "I'm going to be perfectly honest," Lazarus...
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By:
Rachel Silverman, JE Staff
It took Maxine Chalker nearly 40 years to muster up the courage to face her past. Even then, finding her biological family wasn't so easy: It required tracking down the judge who approved her adoption, writing to dozens of churches in Philadelphia, and waiting for months to get answers. The investigation paid off. Chalker, who was born Christian, but adopted...
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By:
Rachel Silverman, JE Staff
With the situation in the Middle East clearly on their minds, Lower Merion residents flocked to the polls early Tuesday morning. Forty-year-old Jeff Dittus, for example, is a registered Democrat who cited Bob Casey Jr.'s support for Israel among his primary reasons for picking the challenger over incumbent Sen. Rick Santorum. "Sometimes, you get more with honey than you do...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
When she arrived at Villanova University last year for her first days of college, Dana Tartazky had good reason to feel a bit more anxious than the average student. "I was shaking," she admitted. "I couldn't talk. I was in shock." For Tartazky, who grew up in Haifa, Israel, it was the first time that she had ever been to...
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