Sunday, April 20, 2014 Nisan 20, 5774

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Daphna Berman, Jewish Exponent Feature
For 13-year-old Max S., who asked not to use his last name, summer camp used to be torture. The other campers, he says, teased him and made constant jokes at his expense. "You name it, and they did it," he recalled matter of factly. But that changed this year when Max, who has a mop of black hair but who...
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Aaron Passman, Staff Writer
Miriam Klein, who together with her late husband Raymond, was a longtime mover and shaker in the Philadelphia Jewish community, died July 23 at age 93. Raymond Klein died in 1995 at age 79. The pair were married for more than 56 years. Alongside her husband, Klein, the former Miriam Kline, helped create the Raymond and Miriam Klein branch of...
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State budget woes have agencies crunching numbers
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When Jay Spector, president and CEO of JEVS Human Services, recently looked over yet another round of proposed state budget cuts, one particular item caught his eye -- and his angst. As part of an effort to shore up a $3.2 billion budget gap and end an impasse with the Republican-controlled State Senate, Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell proposed a 4.2...
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On most days, Tamir Goodman -- once dubbed the "Jewish Jordan"-- was spending six hours or so on the outdoor courts with the campers, pushing them to their limits in drills and intense scrimmages. But there were no rebounds or layups on July 9, the 17th of Tammuz, which is the traditional fast day that marks the three-week mourning period...
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Aaron Passman, Staff Writer
Cardinal Justin Rigali, archbishop of Philadelphia, paid a rare public visit to the city's Jewish community last week to discuss Pope Benedict XVI's recent trip to Israel, as well as the state of Jewish-Catholic relations in Philadelphia. Rigali, who's held the post since 2003, avoided mention of some of the more controversial topics roiling Jewish-Catholic relations in recent months, such...
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