Friday, October 24, 2014 Tishri 30, 5775

African-American shul dedicates new scroll
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
At the start of the ceremony dedicating the congregation's new Sefer Torah, Rabbi Debra Bowen of Congregation Temple Beth'El in Philadelphia summed up the situation: "I'm beside myself, as are most of Congregation Temple Beth'El," she said. "We've been unable to sleep, unable to eat -- and our medical personnel have told us that we have 'Torah fever.' " When...
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Jewish leadership rose in a firm that stressed the idea of giving back
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
Before its announcement this week that it would disband, the law firm of Wolf, Block, Schorr & Solis-Cohen LLP was known for producing mayors, judges, academics, chancellors of local and national bar associations, and more. But to hear members of the city's Jewish community tell it, what WolfBlock beget more than anything was leaders in Philadelphia's Jewish community. "Because WolfBlock...
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Plans are in the works to move the Stern Hebrew High School -- the only Modern Orthodox day school in the city -- from Northeast Philadelphia to Lower Merion Township in the western suburbs, an area with a vibrant and growing Orthodox population. Officials have their eyes set on the fall of 2010 to begin classes in the new locale,...
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
With a bowl of homemade matzah-ball soup before him, Jonathan Sanna sipped from a glass of kosher beer and announced that he was beginning to rethink his seder plans. "Maybe we'll come here for Passover this year," quipped the Havertown resident, who, along with his son Matt and Matt's girlfriend, was enjoying an early (pre-sundown) and informal Shabbat dinner last...
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As the economy worsens and the demand for social services increases, the faith-based community -- more than any other -- is providing the safety net and social services for people in need, according to local academic Ram Cnaan. Still, questions remain over the constitutionality and practicality of federal funding for such decidedly effective religious institutions. The sticking point remains whether...
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