Monday, September 22, 2014 Elul 27, 5774

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In 1985, when the ordination of the first woman rabbi by the Conservative movement coincided with the Bat Mitzvah of Fredi Cooper's eldest daughter, the Wyndmoor resident believed it was a sign. One of her daughters was going to become a rabbi. In fact, it was Cooper who, at age 46 -- following a career in educational psychology -- entered...
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The alarm sounded in the middle of the night. And like all members of the Union Fire Association in Bala Cynwyd, volunteer firefighter Yossi Colman, all of 18, got an emergency call on his radio. Even though the incident happened on Shabbat, the teen recalled leaping out of bed, heading for the firehouse and arriving at the smoky scene within...
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Jared Jackson discovered what it felt like to be an outcast caught between two worlds at the age of 7. At the Sunday School he briefly attended near Willingboro, N.J., "people would come up and shout out the 'N word' to me and my sisters, saying, 'Leave here, we don't want you here, you're not really Jewish,' " remembered Jackson,...
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Rachel Cohen keeps her University of Pennsylvania dorm room well-stocked -- with doggie treats. The 20-year-old junior doesn't have any pets on campus; that would violate the rules she upholds as a resident assistant. Rather, Cohen buys the canine confections for weekly visits to two local animal shelters, where she coordinates a group of homeless young adults to volunteer through...
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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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