Sunday, May 24, 2015 Sivan 6, 5775

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For the past eight years, Pennsylvania has had a Jewish governor and a Jewish senator -- a scenario that never happened before and may never come again. With U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, 80, having delivered his final floor speech and Gov. Ed Rendell, 66, marking the end of his two terms with a Jan. 2 party featuring the Beach Boys,...
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They've dreamed of bringing Jews together over campus greening projects, providing community health services and hosting introspective Shabbat retreats at a summer shore house. Now, they get to do more than just imagine. Over the next five months, the 11 innovators selected for the inaugural class of the Tribe 12 "Social Entrepreneur Fellowship" will learn how to turn their ideas...
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Carin Smilk
The cars slowly turn onto the long driveway, their wheels occasionally crunching the adjacent ground frozen from the night before and speckled with the merest dusting of snow. Rabbi Yossi Kaplan and Mohammad Aziz walk side by side in the direction of the oncoming line of traffic. Several young, professional-looking Muslim men pass them in the opposite direction, pausing to...
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Following years of steadily declining membership, Suburban Jewish Community Center B'nai Aaron, a longstanding Conservative synagogue in Havertown, is entering into merger talks with Adath Israel in Merion Station. The decision to enter negotiations came at a Dec. 19 congregational meeting, more than a year after synagogue leaders said it no longer made fiscal sense to hold on to its...
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Children at Camp JRF will get a taste of construction work this summer as they take part in building an "Eco-Village" of yurt-style cabins, canopy-covered platforms and environmentally friendly bathhouses. The project comes as the 120-acre Reconstructionist camp in the Pocono Mountains celebrates its 10th anniversary and growing enrollment. Despite the bleak economy, the camp has had a waiting list...
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