Sunday, April 20, 2014 Nisan 20, 5774

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Miriam Moody is working on her pronunciation of the consonant-laden word "Dnepropetrovsk" -- the name of Ukraine's third-largest city. Moody, who graduated in May from the University of Rochester and grew up in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia, has reason to bone up on her Russian. Next week, the 22-year-old is set to leave for a year in the...
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It's pretty standard for synagogues to require a ticket for entry into High Holiday services. But whoever heard of needing tickets for a seat in the sanctuary on a Shabbat morning in mid-August -- up in the Poconos, no less? But things have always operated in a "counterseasonal" manner at Congregation B'nai Harim, a 13-year-old Reform synagogue situated at 1,800...
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Daphna Berman, Jewish Exponent Feature
Michael Kogan has always stopped to help people stranded on the side of the road. But for Kogan, 28, a Ukrainian-born Israeli who relocated to Philadelphia four years ago, the decision to stop and help a stranger on a dark road on April 17 has forever changed his life. "I saw a woman on the side and she looked like...
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Aaron Passman, Staff Writer
For decades, relatives and friends of the Altman family have been crowding into Temple Sinai in Dresher to celebrate weddings, Bar Mitzvahs and much more. But on Friday they came to mourn three members of the same family, the local victims of the Aug. 8 mid-air collision over the Hudson River in New York. The tragedy killed Douglas Altman and...
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Closing of local office sparks rethinking of URJ's links with congregations
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Two months after the Union for Reform Judaism closed its Philadelphia office -- along with 13 others across the country -- it's still far from clear what long-term impact the move will have on the region's congregations. "This is the beginning of a process and only time will tell how valid it is," said Rabbi Richard Address, who ran the...
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