Tuesday, September 2, 2014 Elul 7, 5774

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For more than four decades, Congregation Rodeph Shalom has maintained a significant presence at two Philadelphia-area locations. But if the Reform synagogue's strategic plan receives final approval next month, its Elkins Park campus will cease to exist. Synagogue leaders maintain that the shift in focus for the benefit of its metropolitan campus - a circa-1928 monument of Moorish-inspired architecture on...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
Aside from his normal intake of between three and 10 cups of coffee per day - most of them decaf - Gene Kestenbaum also spends part of his day "cupping" from new batches of brewed joe regularly. "It's like wine-tasting. We draw it into our mouths and spit it out into a coffee spittoon," explained Kestenbaum, 58, president and CEO...
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Lauren Pound Somers, JE Feature
When a local woman needing some job-search assistance mentioned to Jerry Schneider that she had not filed her taxes for several years, he knew exactly the right tool to help her: The Benefit Bank. "This client told me she had filed her taxes in 2002, but not in 2000, 2001 or 2003," said Schneider, a job developer for the Jewish...
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Susan Heller Pinto has the unenviable task of sifting through political cartoons that appear in publications worldwide and that many deem anti-Semitic, and then deciding which are egregious enough to be highlighted on the Web site of the Anti-Defamation League. She recalled a recent one in particular that likened Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to none other than Adolf Hitler...
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Back in 1994, Eugenia Mukeshimana was eight months pregnant when waves of violence broke out in her native Rwanda. As a member of the minority Tutsi tribe, the expectant mother was forced to separate from her husband and go into hiding. More than half a million people, mostly ethnic Tutsis, were killed by militias comprised of the majority Hutus in...
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