Saturday, April 19, 2014 Nisan 19, 5774

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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
Since many patients who receive hospice care realize that they may be living out their last days, a number of them often seek a deeper connection to spirituality and religion. For Jewish patients under the care of a nondenominational hospice service, the process of forging that bridge may prove difficult, since nurses and social workers may not be well-versed in...
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Rachel Silverman, JE Feature
The pews were full at St. Vincent de Paul Church, in East Germantown, but it wasn't a typical Sunday-morning mass. Instead, those who gathered under the soaring cathedral ceiling wore hijabs, prayer beads and kipot; they practiced, among other religions, Buddhism, Judaism, Unitarianism, Quakerism and Islam; they represented every age and color. And yet all of those who attended this...
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Scribe Jen Taylor Friedman (right) from New York came to Beth David Reform Congregation in Gladwyne on Sunday to examine and restore sacred documents. Assisting her with the work are Marty and Susan Weinberg. Photo by Michele Frentrop
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Rachel Silverman, JE Feature
Like many cities in the former Soviet Union, Kerch -- today part of Ukraine -- didn't permit much in the way of Jewish life and practice during the greater part of the 20th century. But after the Ukrainian state declared independence in 1991, a movement for Jewish renewal began, and a congregation was born in the seaport city. According to...
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Thanks to a little mazel, no Cub or Boy Scout pack has ever picked -- or been randomly assigned -- the number 613. So when Center City mom Nora Tillman filled out the paperwork to start a new Jewish scouting troop, she immediately decided to name it after the number of commandments enumerated in the Five Books of Moses. "This...
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