Saturday, November 1, 2014 Heshvan 8, 5775
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Before beginning seventh grade, 12-year-old Franckie Echeverria made the usual school-supply rounds with her parents, shopping for a new backpack, binder, pens, pencils and whatever else they thought might make her well-prepared for the first day of school. Less than a month later, they went through the ritual again, only this time the back-to-school items weren't for Franckie, but for...
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To kick off its new medical ethics forum planned to run throughout the year, Congregation Tiferes B'nai Israel in Warrington held an interfaith panel on abortion last Saturday evening as a prelude to Selichot services. "With the recent John Roberts nomination, we wanted to give an overview of abortion from both a religious and ethical standpoint," explained Jon Broder, the...
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Thanks to a new curriculum at Congregation Beth Israel of Media, Hebrew-school students there may have an easier time making their way through the streets of Jerusalem or ordering falafel in Tel Aviv. Starting this school year, the daled through zayin students - fourth- to seventh-graders - at the Reconstructionist synagogue will be taught conversational Hebrew, in addition to the...
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Three major institutions of Conservative Judaism are coming together, physically and spiritually, the movement announced. The regional offices of the United Synagogue for Conservative Judaism and the region's Camp Ramah in the Poconos are joining forces at a new space in Jenkintown. In addition, the Ramah Day Camp moved this past summer into the nearby Raymond and Ruth Perelman Jewish...
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It's a story many synagogues know all too well: Changing demographics and a migrating Jewish community cause rabbis, administrators, board members and everyone else concerned with the longevity of a religious institution to rethink its location, location, location. Congregation Beth El in Cherry Hill, N.J., began this dialogue a decade ago. Located on the West side of the city -...
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