Thursday, October 2, 2014 Tishri 8, 5775

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Betsy Teutsch, Jewish Exponent Feature
The drafting table where I have been perched, creating ketubot for the past 37 years, has proven to be a ringside seat for detecting trends in the Jewish community. In honor of June, which was once peak wedding month and still is a popular time to exchange vows, here are some of my ethno-sociological observations: May and June were popular...
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Arecent synagogue program focusing on the fallout from President Barack Obama's recent speeches on the Middle East was touted as a nonpartisan, educational town hall meeting. But two speakers at the May 25 event called for the election of a new president in 2012 and the majority of the audience cheered. If nothing else, the evening seemed to signify that...
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Abington Township Commissioner Lori Schreiber considers herself fortunate that verbal harassment is the worst thing she's experienced from being openly lesbian. Technically, in her township, she could be thrown out of a restaurant, denied an apartment, a promotion or a loan, or even fired simply on the basis of her sexual identity. She doesn't have to worry about any of...
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Rabbi Eric Yanoff, Jewish Exponent Feature
What is the ultimate Jewish pick-up line? What is the line that forges that immediate connection, the words that provide the opening for a conversation, perhaps for a deeper relationship? Well, try this line on for size: "Hey -- didn't I see you at Sinai?" That's the ultimate Jewish pick-up line -- not because it works (don't worry -- I...
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Aviva Fellman, 29, has wanted to be a rabbi since she was in the second grade, when she studied prayers by flashlight under her covers, late into the night. Her father, 57-year-old Jonathan Kremer, a noted graphic artist, has taken a much-less-direct route to rabbinical school. Now, the father-daughter combo from Ardmore are both students at the Jewish Theological Seminary...
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