Thursday, July 31, 2014 Av 4, 5774

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As leaders of two Philadelphia schools for kids who struggle with poverty or foster care, Gabriel Kuriloff and Autumn Graves face extra obstacles as educators. Beyond academics, they aim to make a lasting impact on students who often have been impoverished, abused or neglected. To that end, the pair recently traveled to Israel to see how the Yemin Orde Youth...
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Ron Kampeas, JTA
Washington · Analysis The decision by Israel and the United States to delay a massive joint anti-missile exercise has set off a frenzy of speculation as to what the move says about relations between the two allies amid mounting tensions with Iran. U.S. and Israeli officials confirmed over the weekend that they had delayed until the second half of 2012...
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Mordechai Shinefield, Jewish Exponent Feature
"There's a feeling that this is the next Brooklyn," Saul Sudin said, gesturing to the South Philadelphia neighborhood right outside Congregation Shivtei Yeshuron Ezras Israel. Faced with the depressed urban scene surrounding the shul, one might be hard-pressed to share Sudin's enthusiasm. The synagogue, founded in 1876, sits deep in the neighborhood, sandwiched between row houses and across from empty...
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As a young father, Rabbi J. Harold Romirowsky used to buy day-old goods from the local bakeries and secretly leave them at the doors of families who needed help. Over more than four decades at the helm of his Conservative synagogue in Northeast Philadelphia, he touched thousands of lives, from congregants to fellow rabbis in the area. He died of...
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Rabbi David Teutsch, a local author, was among the 2011 National Jewish Book Award winners. Teutsch, who lives in Mount Airy and is the former president of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, received the Myra H. Kraft Award in the category of Contemporary Jewish Life and Practice. His book, A Guide to Jewish Practice: Everyday Living , was published by RRC...
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