Friday, April 18, 2014 Nisan 18, 5774

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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
With statistics showing that boys are more likely than girls to significantly decrease Jewish involvement after their Bar Mitzvahs, what can Jewish institutions do to keep young males active in synagogue and communal life? "Forty-seven percent of boys see their Bar Mitzvah as their graduation from Judaism. I don't remember getting a Judaism diploma at my Bar Mitzvah, but that's...
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Israeli teens Oded Rinsky and Shy-li Tal gave up virtually every weekend for the past six months in order to prepare for their summer gig -- touring the United States as "emissaries" of their home country. It's part of a Scouting tradition that stretches back decades, even before the founding of the Jewish state. In fact, it seems like many...
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Rachel Silverman, JE FEature
The rabbi stood at the front of the room, holding a big book. But as he leaned over to read, he didn't begin a sermon or start chanting Hebrew trope. Instead, Rabbi Ira F. Stone of Temple B'nai Zion-B'nai Israel in Center City helped a flock of children sound out a word. "It's a big one," said the rabbi, gazing...
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Five-year-old Johnathan Altenburgh displays his "Jared Box" with Myra Goldman (left) and Carol Fink, members of the Hesed Committee of Tiferet Bet Israel in Blue Bell. The Philadelphia Unit of the Shriners Hospitals for Children received 30 such boxes assembled during the congregation's Mitzvah Day. Jared, a 5-year-old boy who died of brain-stem cancer in 2000, carried a backpack full...
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Rabbi Jeffrey Pivo (top) is pictured with some of the 25 children from Congregation Beth El in Yardley who will attend Camp Ramah in the Poconos this summer. The campers recently led the main service during special Saturday-morning "Ramah Shabbat" at the synagogue.
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