Saturday, April 25, 2015 Iyyar 6, 5775

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A cold, steady rain fell as darkness descended, but the weather didn't dampen many spirits in the considerable crowd that had gathered. More than 120 people had been drawn to the Rhawnhurst section of Philadelphia to mark the birth of a new Jewish institution -- a talmudic yeshiva -- in a corner of the city that has seen its fair...
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Acclaimed author Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso (left) signs one of her many books for Beth Berman, director of the Richard E. Rudolph Jr. Preschool at Congregation Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park. Sasso, now based in Indianapolis, has roots in Philadelphia area; in fact, she was the first woman ordained by the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote. She appeared to discuss...
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Carin M. Smilk, JE Feature
The program was billed as "In the Spirit of Family: The Universal Language of Grief." But there is nothing at all universal in the way the participating panelists have suffered, and words have provided little solace; for them, ordinary language just doesn't translate. What the three middle-aged women who sat on a podium together late last month do have in...
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The significant sum, raised since August, will be used to finance the growing congregation's expansion project, which includes plans for a new, larger sanctuary, a social hall and an enlarged kitchen. The money raised during this phase of the campaign is in addition to more than $2.25 million raised several years ago for the building fund, explained Rabbi Jeff Pivo...
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Dreams permeate the book of Genesis. From Jacob's nighttime visions of God to his son Joseph's use of dream interpretation in the service of pharaoh in Egypt, the Bible's first book captures the potential transformative power -- and, at times, the paralyzing anxiety -- brought about by the powerful images that inhabit, and often haunt, a mind at rest. Yet...
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