Sunday, August 31, 2014 Elul 5, 5774

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Carin M. Smilk, JE Feature
The program was billed as "In the Spirit of Family: The Universal Language of Grief." But there is nothing at all universal in the way the participating panelists have suffered, and words have provided little solace; for them, ordinary language just doesn't translate. What the three middle-aged women who sat on a podium together late last month do have in...
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Acclaimed author Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso (left) signs one of her many books for Beth Berman, director of the Richard E. Rudolph Jr. Preschool at Congregation Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park. Sasso, now based in Indianapolis, has roots in Philadelphia area; in fact, she was the first woman ordained by the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote. She appeared to discuss...
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When it comes to holiday decor, just what's kosher?
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It's been more than 18 years since the U.S. Supreme Court last examined whether or not decking out government property with Christmas and Chanukah symbols violates the notion of separation of church and state. The 1989 decision in County of Allegheny v. ACLU of Greater Pittsburgh wandered into the murky waters of determining what exactly constitutes a religious symbol. The...
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Renowned attorney, Harvard Law School professor and best-selling author Alan M. Dershowitz said he gets asked about many subjects, ranging from the well-known legal cases he's worked on to politics and, of course, Israel. But when asked during a recent local visit if there's one subject he would like to discuss, but is never asked about in interviews or during...
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In one poem, acclaimed Yiddish poet, singer and songwriter Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman uses nature references to recall her childhood. One line goes as follows: "I've come such a long way." And that she has. Schaechter-Gottesman, 87, a Holocaust survivor, recounted not just her own journey during a recent event in Elkins Park, but that of the language and culture she uses...
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