Saturday, August 23, 2014 Av 27, 5774

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Ryan Teitman
"I, as a Christian believer, need to be a bigger advocate of Israel, and a better friend to the Jewish people," said William Devlin of Philadelphia, after returning from a five-day stay in Israel. "Now, I have a greater awareness, and now, I can say I've been there." On Sept. 10, Devlin went to Israel as part of a trip...
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Hans Koebler had heard stories from his grandfather, who had been a member of the Hitler youth. And he had learned about the Holocaust in school, but the youth had trouble wrapping his mind around events that took place before he was born. "It's not personal for us anymore as kids," said Koebler, 17. "It's dimensions we can't think of...
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Roberta Ginsburg doesn't like divisiveness, nor will she tolerate complacency. That's why Ginsburg, 59, an East Falls resident, spends her free time coaching ex-criminal offenders and spearheading community-development initiatives. That's also why starting DNA Connect, a clearinghouse for genetic testing, was the perfect outgrowth of her interests. The company -- founded by Ginsburg in 2001 -- offers DNA tests for...
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Ryan Teitman
When Etz Chaim of Eastern Montgomery County opens in a storefront right near the Elkins Park train station this November, commuters will have an exciting new option in Jewish education: "Torah Express." These 15-minute classes will allow commuters to have a danish and coffee, hear a brief lesson for the day, then catch their train to work. This innovative class...
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Ryan Teitman
In just a year's time, Congregation Beth El in Yardley hopes to be holding its High Holiday services in its own sanctuary -- and not at Pennsbury Middle School. For years, come each fall, the congregation has had to rent space in the school since the shul's growing membership could not fit in into the synagogue chapel. After four years...
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