Wednesday, August 27, 2014 Elul 1, 5774
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Throughout his time with Boy Scouts of America Troop 185, Mike Schatz learned valuable lessons that he now calls upon in everyday life. These include "accepting responsibility, teaching others, being self-reliant and taking a leadership role," relayed Schatz, a 50-year-old who ran a group of radio stations, and now is the executive director of a Harrisburg synagogue. Like many Scouts,...
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The lyrics to "Am Yisrael Chai" grew louder as the song leaders' folksy guitar strummings became faster, and the voices of more than 1,100 teens from nearly every state in the country -- in addition to nations such as Canada, Germany, Mexico and, not surprisingly Israel -- filled the ballroom of the Marriott Philadelphia Downtown Hotel. The three-day biennial convention...
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Worshippers arriving at Society Hill's Congregation B'nai Abraham for Shabbat services on Feb. 10 came upon quite a surprise: Much of the historic building had been flooded overnight. The culprit? Not the snow and ice, but an old pipe that froze and then burst. "We came to synagogue and it was gushing, pouring down water, from the top level to...
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Ryan Teitman
Throughout its 160 years, Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park has retained its devotion to the spirit of social justice. From its first rabbi -- an abolitionist who led the congregation during the Civil War period -- to the synagogue's recent relief efforts in response to Hurricane Katrina, K.I. has kept the focus on helping those in need. It...
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The Judeo-Christian values that shaped America during its founding years have created the best nation in known history for the Jewish people, according to radio host and columnist Dennis Prager. These values were there from the nation's very beginning, he argued, with founder fathers like Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin believing that their exodus from England echoed the Jewish exodus...
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