Saturday, September 20, 2014 Elul 25, 5774

A Bucks County couple is challenging the Jewish community to support the JCC Maccabi Games that will be held in Philadelphia this August. Gene and Marlene Epstein will match up to $5,000 in donations made through June 30. "We must be supportive of Jewish events, especially one like the Maccabi Games, which bring together young people who share the pride...
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The West Laurel Hill Cemetery in Bala Cynwyd is set to officially, and belatedly, open its Jewish section later this month, making it the newest Jewish burial space in the area. But it remains to be seen whether a newcomer -- a private company running a historic cemetery with Quaker roots -- can make inroads in a Jewish community that...
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When Sheila Stockley started working at the former Northern Hebrew Day Nursery in 1956 at age 16, she spent most of her time watching the children roam around a cement playground until their parents, usually single moms, came to pick them up. Today, at 71, Stockley still works as an administrator and caregiver for the Jewish child care agency, which...
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Israeli Grads of RRC Hope to Take Ideas Back Home
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Is it more difficult to find work as a Reconstructionist rabbi in Israel than the United States? Sitting in a Mount Airy cafe, just days away from graduation, 32-year-old Ela Merom pauses in disbelief. Then, for good measure, she rolls her eyes a bit. "Of course," she answers at last. While the movement founded in the 1960s by the disciples...
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U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu less than two weeks after the premier -- and many in the pro-Israel community -- vociferously objected to President Barack Obama's call to base Israeli-Palestinian negotiations on the 1967 borders, with mutually agreed upon land swaps. But speaking with reporters last week, a day after returning from Israel,...
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