Thursday, December 18, 2014 Kislev 26, 5775

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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
Call it the fifth question: Why is this holiday so much more expensive than all other holidays? In the aisles at the Genuardi's Family Market in Wynnewood, 35-year-old Ellen Novick's shopping cart was stocked with kosher-for-Passover standards such as cooking wine, matzah-ball soup mix, cheeses, and cake and brownie mixes. "I tried to look at all the flyers and see...
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African-American shul dedicates new scroll
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
At the start of the ceremony dedicating the congregation's new Sefer Torah, Rabbi Debra Bowen of Congregation Temple Beth'El in Philadelphia summed up the situation: "I'm beside myself, as are most of Congregation Temple Beth'El," she said. "We've been unable to sleep, unable to eat -- and our medical personnel have told us that we have 'Torah fever.' " When...
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Gail Shister, JE Feature
Jonathan Gilad, 24, works on Capitol Hill, studied at yeshiva in Israel, attends Orthodox services at least twice a week and has never tasted a cheeseburger. Cornell freshman Annie Bass, 18, prays throughout the day -- including before and after meals -- and is known around campus as "the girl in the kippot." Matt Feczko, 21, a junior at the...
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Newsweek named Germantown Jewish Centre one of the 25 most vibrant synagogues in the nation, describing it as a "model for pluralistic and egalitarian worship and community." The list (at www.newsweek.com ) was compiled by Michael Lynton, chairman & CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment; Gary Ginsberg, executive vice president of News Corporation; and Jay Sanderson, CEO of Jewish Television Network...
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
A quiz on the popular social-networking site Facebook asking "What Religion Are You?" contains results for Jews that could be labeled offensive and anti-Semitic. Respondents can fall into one of seven "faith" categories, including Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Atheist, Buddhist or Wiccan. The quiz contains seven multiple-choice questions, many of which have the option of anti-Semitic responses. For example, one question...
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