Friday, December 26, 2014 Tevet 4, 5775
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Johanna Markind, JE Feature
According to Rabbi Vivian Mayer, the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College's vision of successful rabbinic training includes not only imparting knowledge to its students, but also "touching their hearts." To that end, the college recently hired Mayer to serve as director of both its Mekhinah Program and its Bet Midrash. As Tamar Kamionkowski, academic dean of the college, explains: "Vivie brings a...
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Though Jordi Gendra wasn't really raised with any sense of religion, as a young boy growing up in Barcelona, Spain, he didn't eat pork, he lit candles for the deceased and, though he didn't pray, he knew that if he ever were to, he'd have to cover his head. He also knew that what he was - Jewish - had...
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Learn all about the Jewish tradition of hanging a mezuzah from a practical and spiritual perspective at a workshop hosted by the Chabad-Lubavitch of Northwest Philadelphia on Tuesday, Dec. 13, at 6901 Wayne Ave., West Mount Airy. Participants in the workshop, set from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., will examine several samples of the parchment scroll inside the mezuzah, as...
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Like so many other Chasidim living in the Soviet Union, Baruch Mordechai Lifshits was a target of the authorities from an early age. So, it came as no surprise when the 21-year-old, just newly engaged, found a swarm of KGB agents looking for evidence of his "subversive teachings." They came to his home - displaying a piece of paper indicating...
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Focus on Community
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Zara Myers, JE Feature
For parents with young families, a new program, "Teach Your Children Well," is an opportunity to "strengthen their own Jewish identity and feel comfortable creating Jewish life in their homes," according to Liz Nover, the program's coordinator. "This class was designed to include Jewish parents who are synagogue-affiliated, as well as those who have not yet joined; for Jews by...
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