Friday, September 19, 2014 Elul 24, 5774

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Memories are sometimes all that remain of days -- and neighborhoods -- gone by, as the participants of a synagogue bus trip discovered firsthand last Sunday. The tour of former Jewish North Philadelphia sites gave the 45 people on board a chance to revisit the streets and structures where any number of Jews and their families once lived, worked and...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
With synagogue leaders donning hard hats and children singing songs, a group of 150 gathered outside of Temple Brith Achim to celebrate the groundbreaking for a new addition to the shul. The Powell Center for Lifelong Learning will bring 6,300 square feet of much-needed new space to the King of Prussia synagogue; in addition, about 1,200 square feet of existing...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
Rabbi Jon Cutler thought his one tour of duty in the sweltering Persian Gulf would sum up his war-zone career. But 16 years after returning home from Operation Desert Storm, he will again be returning to the Middle East to serve as a Jewish chaplain. "I never thought I would go back again," said the 51-year-old commander with the Navy...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
Meyer Markowitz wants some action: He wants you to search through your closets, poke around the basement or attic, and scrounge through drawers in search of one thing -- unused tefillin. Markowitz, 78, is leading a drive at Tiferet Bet Israel in Blue Bell to collect tefillin -- two leather boxes filled with parchment and connected by a leather strap,...
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A husband-and-wife team of German journalists, who reported on how students and teachers in rural Tennessee memorialized the Holocaust, recently recounted how their steadfast involvement wound up being more complicated than they'd imagined. Peter W. Schroeder and Dagmar Schroeder-Hildebrand have each written several books and have served as foreign correspondents for German newspapers, but they may be best known for...
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