Wednesday, August 27, 2014 Elul 1, 5774

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Rafi Glantz wanted to join the Israel Defense Forces since he was 10 years old. At that time, according to the 18-year-old, his parents didn't take him seriously. But there's no denying his commitment now as he prepares for an Aug. 13 flight that will bring him to basic training in his new home. "Israel's really the only safe place...
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Thousands of families in the Philadelphia area send their kids off to Jewish overnight camp for the summer. Judi Lehrhaupt sends her sheep. For the second year in a row, the 66-year-old Newtown shepherd has entrusted a few choice members of her flock to the campers and counselors at Camp Galil. For seven weeks, the Shetland ewes live at the...
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The Jewish Social Policy Action Network joined in a brief filed in a state court last week as part of a challenge to the constitutionality of the Pennsylvania Photo Identification Law. Opponents have charged that the new law, which requires voters to have a photo ID to cast their ballots, could prevent seniors and minority voters from voting. Proponents contend...
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Where are the marshmallows? Don't know as these Jewish day campers seem more preoccupied with the abundance of activities and exploration available to them this summer breeze of a season. Surely any conversations on their return home will include tales of archery and "archaeological" digs involved in planting gardens of earthly delights. As the kids in these photos show, school...
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It may not be London but 150 local Jewish youth are heading to destinations around the country next week to compete in their own version of the Olympics -- the JCC Maccabi Games. The sporting competition, for Jewish teens ages 13 to 16, are held in North America each summer. Last summer, Philadelphia hosted thousands of teens from around the...
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