Friday, December 26, 2014 Tevet 4, 5775

Children at Beth Tikvah-B'nai Jeshurun Preschool in Erdenheim celebrated Jewish Book Month on Dec. 10 by having stories read to them by area authors of children's books. Featured (from left) are Michelle Farbstein, bookfair chairperson; Dale Orman, author of The Mom Mom Book; and Dolores Goldich, author of I Saw an Ostrich in a Chair. BTBJ held its Jewish book...
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
Relations between Germany's Catholics and Jews have seen real progress over the past few decades, a German reverend and theological scholar said last month to a Philadelphia audience. Much of that progress had to do with the groundbreaking work of Pope John Paul II, whose papacy was dedicated to undoing some of the anti-Jewish rhetoric that was long embedded in...
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Roughly 300 people demonstrated Dec. 30 outside the Center City building that houses the Consul General of Philadelphia, waving Palestinian flags, carrying signs such as "Zionism is Terrorism," and chanting "free, free Palestine" and "end the occupation now." The rally followed a smaller one a day earlier meant to protest Israel's military strikes in Gaza. A group known as the...
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
If it were a TV show, it might be called Extreme Makeover: Synagogue Edition . Society Hill Synagogue will soon begin repairs and renovations to its historic home, thanks to an $80,000 matching grant from the Philadelphia Regional Fund for Sacred Places, a division of Partners for Sacred Places, a nonprofit established in 1989 that provides assistance to congregations occupying...
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Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg, JE Feature
For Adam Kessler, the new director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, filling the shoes of his predecessor, Burt Siegel, who retired in November after 35 years at the helm, won't be an easy task. But Kessler, 49, who assumed the post on Nov. 10, said that he's "really honored to follow in...
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