Monday, November 24, 2014 Kislev 2, 5775

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A group of local rabbis is calling on Jews to observe a fast day in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza. The group, part of a coalition of 60 rabbis around the country called Ta'anit Tzedek: Jewish Fast for Gaza, is advocating that Israel lift its three-year-old economic blockade, which it claims has resulted in "collective punishment" for Gaza's civilians due...
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Six Local Shuls Get Schechter Awards Six synagogues from around the Philadelphia area were recently recognized with Solomon Schechter Awards by the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. The recognition honors any number of endeavors, including education, outreach, fundraising efforts, and variations in worship and ritual. They are named in honor of the man who founded the USCJ nearly 100 years...
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Aaron Passman, Staff Writer
At the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy in Bryn Mawr, they're getting ready for the onslaught of students that comes with the start of each new academic year: Carpets are being shampooed, floors cleaned and buffed, and walls repainted. In addition, every surface -- whether it be desktop, bathroom door, locker, door knob, telephone, keyboard or any other area that...
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Synagogues realize they must come up with creative ways to bring in families
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Like many young couples, Brian and Rachel Saks put off synagogue membership for years, despite their attachment to Judaism. They just had too many bills, including graduate-school loans and the mortgage on their Bucks County home, to start thinking about how to finagle membership dues. But two years ago, when they enrolled their daughter Samantha in preschool at Ohev Shalom...
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Aaron Passman, Staff Writer
David Shepard made his initial trip to Israel this summer, but what struck him most wasn't the history or the awe of being in the Jewish homeland for the first time. Rather, it was the schools he saw that made a lasting impression. Indeed, Shepard returned from the trip with a keener understanding of the problems facing educational institutions both...
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