Friday, August 29, 2014 Elul 3, 5774

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Aaron Passman
It was all hard hats and "Hatikvah" last Monday in Bryn Mawr at a groundbreaking ceremony for the Raymond and Ethel Goldberg Tennis Center on the future campus of the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy, formerly Akiba Hebrew Academy. Board of directors president Jay Dorsch led the May 12 ceremony, which included remarks from several Barrack co-chairs and community leaders...
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Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg
Down a narrow cellblock alley at Eastern State Penitentiary, beyond a locked gate, is a small room that's been overlooked and forgotten for nearly four decades. Though time and weather have taken their toll, there is no mistaking what the hidden space is -- a synagogue. From the early 1920s until the beginning of the 1970s, the synagogue behind the...
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Aaron Passman
Standing in a circle of light on a small, bare stage, Greg Aguela told an audience of nearly 50 people how he'd found God at the Western Wall. "It wasn't necessarily cool to be a Jew" growing up, he explained in a rhythmic, spoken-word piece. Aguela told how he never particularly embraced or identified with his own Jewish heritage, but...
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Some five months after New Jersey voters weighed in on the Democratic and Republican presidential contests, the campaign for the U.S. Senate seat is not generating the same voter intensity and interest that was sparked by Super Tuesday. That would seem to mean good news for U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), who, at 84, is seeking his fifth term. After...
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Nearly a year after Hillel held a groundbreaking ceremony at Temple University to symbolically mark the start of construction on a new Jewish center there, students, donors and officials gathered for a short celebration marking the actual commencement of demolition and construction. A project long in the works, the 13,000-square-foot Edward H. Rosen Hillel Center is expected to be completed...
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