Thursday, October 30, 2014 Heshvan 6, 5775

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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
Dressed in scruffy clothes and wearing gloves spotted with red and blue paint, Lauren Shapiro was wielding a brush as a way to deepen her connection to the Jewish community. The St. Joseph's University alum, who grew up in a small Jewish community in Colorado, recalled that while attending college, she often felt like the only Jew on campus. Going...
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Talk about being dealt a bad hand: For the second time now, debate over the 2009-10 state budget has led to the postponement of the Pennsylvania Jewish Coalition's legislative mission to Israel. And this time, as it turns out, the group folded too soon. They actually didn't need to cancel. On Jan. 6, the Pennsylvania General Assembly passed legislation legalizing...
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A contingent of Merion-area residents opposed to a plan by St. Joseph's University to turn the grounds of a former private school into collegiate-level athletic fields is worried that the changes could disrupt the Shabbat experience for Orthodox families in the area. The protracted zoning battle over the project shows no signs of being over any time soon. St. Joe's...
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What does the face of the area's Jewish community look like in the first part of the 21st century? For one, it's more wrinkled than it's ever been, with far fewer children in its midst than it had even a decade ago. At the same time, the intermarriage rate has reached 45 percent for Jews under 40, with only 29...
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
Sometimes, immigration to Israel isn't only about ideology, but also about a matter of convenience. Miriam Esris of the Rhawnhurst section of Northeast Philadelphia was one of more than 200 people from across North America to make aliyah Dec. 29 on the final Nefesh B'Nefesh flight of 2009. Esris, formerly an elementary-education teacher in the Neshaminy school district, said that...
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