Wednesday, August 20, 2014 Av 24, 5774

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Rachel Silverman, JE Feature
Children see dogs as cuddly pets, walking companions and loyal friends. But those enrolled in the religious school at Shir Ami-Bucks County Jewish Congregation in Newtown have come to understand that there are other crucial roles these animals can play. Over the course of the academic year, such students raised $10,000 to train a bomb-sniffing dog for use in Israeli...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
Since many patients who receive hospice care realize that they may be living out their last days, a number of them often seek a deeper connection to spirituality and religion. For Jewish patients under the care of a nondenominational hospice service, the process of forging that bridge may prove difficult, since nurses and social workers may not be well-versed in...
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By:
Rachel Silverman, JE Feature
The pews were full at St. Vincent de Paul Church, in East Germantown, but it wasn't a typical Sunday-morning mass. Instead, those who gathered under the soaring cathedral ceiling wore hijabs, prayer beads and kipot; they practiced, among other religions, Buddhism, Judaism, Unitarianism, Quakerism and Islam; they represented every age and color. And yet all of those who attended this...
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Scribe Jen Taylor Friedman (right) from New York came to Beth David Reform Congregation in Gladwyne on Sunday to examine and restore sacred documents. Assisting her with the work are Marty and Susan Weinberg. Photo by Michele Frentrop
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Rabbi Alan J. Iser of Congregation Or Shalom recites Kaddish after completing the burial of worn-out prayerbooks at Haym Salomon Memorial Park in Frazer. In keeping with ancient Jewish tradition, the service was similar to that of burying a person who used the sacred texts themselves, with psalms, readings and even a eulogy offered by the rabbi.
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