Wednesday, August 20, 2014 Av 24, 5774

After nearly two years of merger talks, the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote and the Jenkintown-based Jewish Reconstructionist Federation have officially agreed to combine and form one organization. The final step in the process came at a Philadelphia meeting on Sunday. Delegates from the 105 congregations affiliated with the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation voted overwhelmingly in favor of the move. The...
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A Montgomery County couple met last week with the parents of Gilad Shalit, the Israeli soldier who was captured in a 2006 cross-border raid and has been held in Gaza by Hamas ever since. While in Jerusalem, Bernard and Lana Dishler of Upper Gwynedd stopped by the tent the Shalit family has set up outside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's...
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U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) is slated to visit the Jewish state next month. The freshman lawmaker -- who occupies the seat long held by Arlen Specter -- will take part in a congressional trip organized by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's nonprofit, educational arm. Toomey spoke Sunday night at AIPAC's annual Philadelphia gathering, which drew some 800 people...
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The new National Museum of American Jewish History will soon have a new director. Ivy L. Barsky, deputy director of the Museum of Jewish Heritage -- A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in New York, will become director and chief operating officer on July 1. Her responsibilities will include "oversight of museum operations, including collections, exhibits, education, programs and visitor...
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Two Philadelphia-area Orthodox congregations are hoping to entice young, observant families to relocate from the New York metropolitan region and help grow their respective communities. Congregation Beth Hamedrosh in Wynnewood and Congregation Sons of Israel in Cherry Hill, N.J., each sent a delegation to the March 27 "Emerging Jewish Communities Home and Job Relocation Fair" at the Grand Hyatt hotel...
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