Wednesday, July 30, 2014 Av 3, 5774
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The Pocono Mountains Fifteen-year-old Samantha Helias doesn't belong to a synagogue, attend Hebrew school or practice any kind of Judaism at home in Holland, Pa. Her mom is Jewish, her father isn't. Yet here she is in her second summer at Pinemere Camp, among the 10th grade counselors-in-training who lead Havdalah services every Saturday. When her parents took her out...
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The Pocono Mountains Perched on the edge of a platform 40 feet above the grassy Camp Harlam grounds in Kunkletown, Pa., 13-year-old Jake Lord steels himself for his first plunge down the zipline. Attached to the line next to him, Michael Holzman, a visiting rabbi from Reston, Va., prepares himself for the same inaugural experience. A few minutes later, both...
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
For many people, having a baby is a relatively straightforward process. The child is conceived, the couple goes to the doctor and labor classes, they wait nine months for the newborn to arrive and then: "Mazel tov!" For an Israeli couple with local ties, however, it was a bit more complicated. Hagai Maoz, 37, and Hagai Zvuluni, 33, have been...
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Rachel Vigoda, JE Feature
Laya Bitman is expecting 75 people at her family reunion in Baltimore this weekend. The other 15,925 can't make it. For the past 17 years, Bitman has been constructing her family tree, tying together 16,000 relatives from Philadelphia, where she grew up, and Baltimore, where she now lives, as well as New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Virginia, Georgia, Florida,...
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Just a few months ago, InterFaithways seemed like the next big thing. The one outlet in the region devoted exclusively to helping interfaith families feel more welcome in the community had secured prior funding from the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia. With the release of the 2009 "Jewish Population Study of Greater Philadelphia" -- and its startling statistics on intermarriage...
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