Saturday, September 20, 2014 Elul 25, 5774
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
A group at Temple Emanuel in Cherry Hill, N.J., has reportedly made history. With participants sprawled out across the synagogue's floor - and some bending over tables - 541 people were able to simultaneously spin their dreidels for 10 seconds, tentatively setting a new world record. The old one, as certified by the Guinness Book of Records, stood at 535...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
Even though artist David Danek worked for six months to build his version of the perfect dreidel, no lucky child will get a chance to give it a spin; this particular toy happens to be 8 feet tall. Standing smack-dab in the center of Doylestown, at the corner of State and Main streets, the blue, red and gold "Doylestown Dreidel"...
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Lauren Pound Somers, JE Feature
When Ruth Ford became a mother, she made sure that her children were blessed with the Jewish education she never had. She grew to love Judaism as she got older, learning Hebrew and prayers through adult education in her 50s and 60s. But today - at age 93 - she's even more connected to her heritage than ever before, thanks...
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For more than four decades, Congregation Rodeph Shalom has maintained a significant presence at two Philadelphia-area locations. But if the Reform synagogue's strategic plan receives final approval next month, its Elkins Park campus will cease to exist. Synagogue leaders maintain that the shift in focus for the benefit of its metropolitan campus - a circa-1928 monument of Moorish-inspired architecture on...
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Lauren Pound Somers, JE Feature
When a local woman needing some job-search assistance mentioned to Jerry Schneider that she had not filed her taxes for several years, he knew exactly the right tool to help her: The Benefit Bank. "This client told me she had filed her taxes in 2002, but not in 2000, 2001 or 2003," said Schneider, a job developer for the Jewish...
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