Friday, December 26, 2014 Tevet 4, 5775

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When more than 60 local rabbis from different streams got together last week to talk about the future of denominations, the result was less a discussion about the alphabet soup of organizations than about how to meet the spiritual needs of Jews. Titled "How Relevant are Denominations to 21st Century American Jews?" the Center City program illustrated the extent to...
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One of the most important documents in American Jewish history hasn't been seen by the public in a decade but will soon be displayed at the National Museum of American Jewish History. The Philadelphia museum is set, for a limited time, to feature the original, handwritten 1790 letter that President George Washington wrote -- or at least signed -- to...
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Anyone who has ever been entranced by Max's wild rumpus with the titular characters from Where the Wild Things Are , Mickey's dough-fueled flight out of In the Night Kitchen's pie, or any one of the number of indelible creations that sprang from the imagination of Maurice Sendak, will no doubt find the pages of their favorite books harder to...
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Marla Leigh had always planned on having children. "Others dreamt about that wedding," said Leigh, a 42-year-old human resources consultant from Lower Merion. "I dreamt about being a mom." But she got busy with an aggressive career track, "and time just really got away from me. All of a sudden, I was 40 years old." So she did what any...
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Tears welled up in Bonnie Benson's eyes as she recalled the parents of a sick child who approached her Hadassah group during a visit to one of the organization's namesake hospitals in Jerusalem two years ago. "They actually stopped us as we toured the hall and thanked us," Benson, 52, said, dabbing at her face. "It was amazing." That memory,...
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