Friday, September 19, 2014 Elul 24, 5774

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By now, the whole world knows the name and face of Joshua Fattal, the 29-year-old Elkins Park native who spent 26 months in an Iranian prison before being reunited with his family last week in Oman and arriving back on U.S. soil on Sunday. But one aspect of the story that has largely gone unreported is the fact that Fattal...
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Don't let Maimonides catch you napping on Rosh Hashanah. His famous quote, "Awake, awake, you slumberers from your sleep, inspect your actions and return" -- usually found in the High Holiday prayerbook before the sounding of the shofar -- is meant as the ultimate shluf alarm, his righteous tap on your shoulder. But what if, while sitting in services one...
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In the 10 years since she married a Jewish man, Kari Kohn has learned a thing or two about synagogues -- how some can make her feel alienated and others can make her feel welcome. One cue about a synagogue's vibe is how members react when she reveals she's not Jewish, said Kohn, who was raised a Presbyterian. Do they...
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The Rev. William Borror, religious leader of the Media Presbyterian Church, wants to make it clear that not all members of his denomination are reflexively anti-Israel. In fact, he said, it's a small minority that has repeatedly raised the issue of divesting from certain companies with ties to Israel. The Church's Committee of Mission Responsibility Through Investment recommended on Sept...
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ACAJE/JO -- what? The Auerbach Central Agency for Jewish Education/Jewish Outreach Partnership, known as ACAJE/JOP, is saying goodbye to its 65-character tongue-twister of a name. Two years after the nonprofit groups merged, board members have rebranded the organization as the Jewish Learning Venture. Mathematically speaking, that's about one third of the length of the former name. But getting to this...
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