Monday, May 25, 2015 Sivan 7, 5775

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Wouldn't it be awesome if, during these Days of Awe, Jews could reflect and act on problems that impact thousands of their brethren? Through their participation in the High Holiday Food Drive, sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia's Mitzvah Food Pantry, area families and individuals can actively perform the mitzvah of feeding the hungry. Through Oct. 19, the...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
With an American flag as a backdrop, 80-year-old Shmul Kaplan sat in a large armchair surrounded by family, friends and reporters -- and, for the first time in his life, he greeted his visitors as an "official" American. Just moments before, Kaplan had raised his right hand and taken the oath of allegiance to the United States -- the culmination...
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Because its members began moving away from the area to be closer to family, the Philadelphia-based Lena L. Orlow Chapter of Jewish Women International resolved to cease operations in 2006. However, when the members realized that cash still remained in the group's treasury, they decided that it should benefit others locally in some appropriate manner, rather than being diverted into...
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When Shirley Rachlin started Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel's Richard E. Rudolph Jr. preschool program back in 1957, she aimed to provide the two dozen students under her watch with an arena for hands-on learning experiences. So the Wyncote resident, now 81, had the children bake hamantashen, make puppets, celebrate Shabbat and sing songs with the rabbi, among other activities. The...
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To mark the 220th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution by its framers, Aharon Barak, recently retired president of the Supreme Court of Israel, outlined the role judges play in his country's democratic process -- one that's besieged by security concerns and lacks a written constitution to guide jurisprudence. "Every battle a country faces must be waged in...
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