Tuesday, November 25, 2014 Kislev 3, 5775

For the sixth straight year, Rabbi Dan Ehrenkrantz, president of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote, was included on the Newsweek/Daily Beast list of America's top 50 rabbis. This year, Ehrenkrantz came in at No. 15; last year, he was 16. The editors stated that Ehrenkrantz "carries the torch for self-critical, nuanced Judaism." He's also credited with leading the institution...
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With Tourette Syndrome, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and a room filled with rowdy classmates working against him, 13-year-old Adam Fishbein said it simply became too difficult to control himself during religious school by the fourth grade. But, Fishbein said, he also wanted to become a Bar Mitzvah, and he actually liked spending time at synagogue. So instead of dropping out,...
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Marcy Oster, Jewish Telegraphic Agency
Jerusalem On the eve of Passover, the Israeli army is embarking on one of its biggest operations of the year. Whether in the field, on a base or with family living abroad, "every last soldier has everything he needs for seder night," asserts Capt. Ze'ev Rosens, rabbi of the Israel Defense Forces Tank School in southern Israel. Preparation for the...
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Throughout his life in politics, former U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter often invoked the name of his Yiddish-speaking father, Harry, who left czarist Russia in 1911 for a better life in the United States. Sometimes, the younger Specter would highlight how his father had once owned a junkyard and did whatever he could to get his family through the Great Depression,...
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Looking for art therapy for a child with special needs, or maybe a job for an adult with high-functioning autism? Find suggestions for those resources and more on specialneedsphilly.org , a new, searchable website and accompanying helpline (800-859-7674) that Jewish Family and Children's Service unveiled this week. With input from members of the city's special needs consortium and a $300,000...
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