Saturday, October 25, 2014 Heshvan 1, 5775

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Adam Pardes, set to graduate from Abington Senior High School this month, recalled that he'd never felt a strong tie to the Reform synagogue he'd attended until he became a Bar Mitzvah. In fact, he said he'd never been entirely comfortable with theistic language or the concept of God. Still, he wanted to continue the connection, so his parents searched...
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A little breaking news from Little Girl Land: May 31 marked the debut of the first Jewish American Girl doll. Each American Girl represents a momentous era in U.S. history, as well as a girl's place in it. Founded in 1986, American Girl has sold some 16 million dolls. The company now has magazines, books, movies and showcase stores. I...
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As long as her parents can remember, Leah Horowitz had always been drawn to adventure and fascinated with the wider world. The Elkins Park native caught the "Africa bug" during a college semester in Zimbabwe; since then, she logged substantial time in Ghana and South Africa, focusing on issues such as sustainable agriculture, good governance and the role that gender...
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Aaron Passman, Jewish Exponent Feature
Irwin Schmuckler's veritable love affair with "Mo" started more than six decades ago. These days, though, it's become something of a long-distance romance. The 82-year-old said that he hasn't seen the "old girl" in 12 years, due to her limited mobility (to say nothing of his). She mostly hangs out in Hawaii, and it's hard to get around when you're...
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Several Jewish groups have expressed concern that a June 11 Center City program featuring a Washington Post columnist and an Iranian-American writer could devolve into an Israel-bashing fest, even though the Israeli-Arab conflict isn't the stated subject of the event. For the last of a three-part series focusing on "The Future of Radical Islam," the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia...
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