Friday, December 19, 2014 Kislev 27, 5775

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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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Ten years ago, Jeremy Cowan could be seen driving around San Francisco in his grandmother's Volvo, hand-delivering bottles of his homemade beer to local merchants. The label featured a smiling, cartoonish-like rabbi and a tongue-in-cheek name -- "He'Brew." The idea may have started out as a gag between Cowan and some of his friends, but he soon realized that he...
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At times, the headlines are dominated by images of inter-religious strife. The pope vs. the Muslims. Jews against Arabs. The religion-based tenor of the war on terror. But on Sunday afternoon, leaders of various faith communities gathered in Philadelphia to say in one voice: "We must repair the world." Drawing a diverse crowd to the Arch Street Friends Meeting House,...
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