Tuesday, October 21, 2014 Tishri 27, 5775

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Ryan Teitman
Every Thursday, the students at Congregation Adath Jeshurun's preschool in Elkins Park file out of their classroom and make the trek down the hall to visit Nadine Miller. In just 20 minutes, she continues teaching the class a new language -- quite a feat for a group of children under 5 who are still mastering the intricacies of their native...
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Ryan Teitman
Throughout the last five decades, Congregation Beth El-Ner Tamid in Broomall has followed something of a circuitous route -- with services held in locations as various as a firehouse and a country club, and with two mergers occurring in the matter of a decade. To acknowledge its many tangential moves as well as to celebrate its considerable achievements, the congregation...
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Halacah, the Jewish code of law, operates as a legal framework like any other. There are complex, often very nuanced, rules to uphold, and hundreds of interpretations on how those rules should be applied. That's why there are jobs for people to translate that legal jargon into laymen's terms. For Orthodox Jewish women, these translators are called yoatzot halachah ,...
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Arnold Soslow wasn't amused when he read an editorial cartoon in a recent edition of the Northeast Times . In fact, Soslow, 68, of Northeast Philadelphia, said he was appalled. "To me, it was anti-Semitic," said Soslow, calling the cartoonist's spoof of the recent Seattle Christmas tree debacle "offensive and inaccurate." He added, "That just hit home a little bit."...
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At Akiba Hebrew Academy, science department head Rhonda August instituted a new lab project as part of the school's chemistry classes to take advantage of the recent Chanukah holiday -- mixing different substances with flames to study their properties. "How can you relate Chanukah to the sciences?" posed August, who is in her 31st year at Akiba. "Work with chemistry...
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