Friday, September 19, 2014 Elul 24, 5774

The second time has proven to be a charm. Having spent 15 years leading Tiferet Bet Israel in Blue Bell, David Ackerman, 48, left that shul in 2007 for a post at his alma mater, the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. But the school's budget crisis meant some trimming, and he recently began leading Congregation Beth Am Israel in...
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Aaron Passman, JE Staff
Rabbi Jeff Sultar, 47, once spent more than two years riding his bicycle 16,000 miles around the United States. Having spent all that time touring 46 states, you might now say that he's doing something similar -- touring the various Jewish communities around Philadelphia. Sultar recently joined Congregation Tiferes B'nai Israel in Warrington, his third pulpit in three counties of...
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Dozens of voices reverberated in the high-ceilinged room, creating a powerful hum of background noise in the windowless space. About 150 men and women in their 20s and 30s -- many clearly dressed to impress -- were gathered about in clusters, every so often taking sips of the red or white wine in the clear plastic cups they'd picked up...
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Aaron Passman, JE Staff
On a dreary Friday evening, new roommates Juliana Teibel and Erica Hochman were looking for some place to go. Hailing from Buffalo, N.Y., and Mountainside, N.J., respectively, the pair were new to Philadelphia and Temple University. The 18-year-olds admitted that they hadn't met many people yet -- besides each other -- and with countless student groups vying for their attention,...
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Jennifer Kugler
FIRST PERSON When I was a Catholic high school student, I remember viewing a Holocaust documentary. I can still see the piles of nameless bodies, the faces haunted by vacant stares. It was an exceptionally powerful experience, and helped ignite in me a passion for social justice. And yet, what strikes me now is that the film dehumanized the victims...
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