Saturday, September 20, 2014 Elul 25, 5774
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Throughout his time with Boy Scouts of America Troop 185, Mike Schatz learned valuable lessons that he now calls upon in everyday life. These include "accepting responsibility, teaching others, being self-reliant and taking a leadership role," relayed Schatz, a 50-year-old who ran a group of radio stations, and now is the executive director of a Harrisburg synagogue. Like many Scouts,...
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Ryan Teitman
On Fridays, the warehouses at A&L Foods are practically bare. Shipments of groceries, refrigerated goods and frozen food -- all kosher -- have been delivered to supermarkets, retail stores, colleges and nursing homes throughout the Philadelphia region. The drivers set out early in the morning, to have their goods delivered well in advance of the Shabbas rush. A&L may be...
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The lyrics to "Am Yisrael Chai" grew louder as the song leaders' folksy guitar strummings became faster, and the voices of more than 1,100 teens from nearly every state in the country -- in addition to nations such as Canada, Germany, Mexico and, not surprisingly Israel -- filled the ballroom of the Marriott Philadelphia Downtown Hotel. The three-day biennial convention...
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Worshippers arriving at Society Hill's Congregation B'nai Abraham for Shabbat services on Feb. 10 came upon quite a surprise: Much of the historic building had been flooded overnight. The culprit? Not the snow and ice, but an old pipe that froze and then burst. "We came to synagogue and it was gushing, pouring down water, from the top level to...
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Like the ancient Athenians during the golden age of early democracy, Harris Sokoloff, an associate professor of education at the University of Pennsylvania, places great faith in the power of dialogue and collective decision-making. "When people get together and you provide them with the opportunity to talk through something in a structured way, the result that emerges is often wiser...
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