Thursday, April 17, 2014 Nisan 17, 5774

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For Akiba Hebrew Academy, the donations keep piling up. On the heels of a $5 million gift from the Barrack Foundation -- the largest in the school's history -- the institution in Merion Station just received an anonymous donation to help create scholarships for qualified children whose parents work in the Jewish community. The new scholarships will benefit children of...
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By all accounts, Daniel Aaron led a rich and varied life. An astute businessman, he co-founded Comcast Corporation, one of the largest cable-television providers in the country. A doting father, he raised five children with his wife of more than 50 years, Gerri. And as a committed philanthropist, Aaron started a foundation in Philadelphia for those with Parkinson's disease. Yet...
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It might have been the recent tragedy at Virginia Tech, or the fact that, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, about one in four adults suffers from a diagnosable mental disorder in any given year. Whatever the reason, Monday-night's mental health forum, held at Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El in Wynnewood, garnered an enormous response: Nearly 800 attendees showed...
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Ryan Teitman
"I'm a bit of a duck-billed platypus," said Rabbi Steven Greenberg, the author of Wrestling With God & Men: Homosexuality in the Jewish Tradition , as a form of introduction. He then went on to share his personal odyssey as a gay, Orthodox rabbi -- as well as his views on homosexuality and Torah -- to an audience gathered last...
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For the past 15 years or so, the Torah scroll at Beth Chaim Reform Congregation has been shuttled back and forth between the synagogue's various meeting spots -- which have included a barn, a college Catholic center and several public school buildings, among other locations. Its temporary "home" -- if you can actually call it that -- has most recently...
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