Wednesday, July 30, 2014 Av 3, 5774
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Ryan Teitman
The situation is tricky. An interfaith couple, soon to have their first child, have worked out all the details about how they'll raise the baby religiously. There's just one problem: No one's taken the time to let the grandparents in on the faith their newborn grandchild will follow. Grandparents are an integral part of the familial equation, and their role...
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Anita and Elycia Lerman weren't compelled to rush out and be among the first New Jersey couples to take advantage of the state's new Civil Union law that went into effect Feb. 19. After all, the Lambertville residents have been through the ceremony thing before. Back in 1994, the two women had a religious commitment ceremony-- a wedding, they insist...
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Ross Levy plopped down at a table across from two curly-haired teenagers, and started shooting the breeze. "Hey, man, what's up?" he asked brightly, slapping their hands and flashing a wide-toothed grin. "What kinds of stuff are you into? What does a typical afternoon for you look like?" One braces-clad eighth-grader responded that he liked the drums; another said he...
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Many American Jews assume that it's impossible to learn all that much about their family histories, since so many vital genealogical records were destroyed in the Holocaust. Yet according to Mark Halpern, president of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Philadelphia, a surprising amount of material -- including birth and marriage certificates -- did survive. Much is accessible, especially in...
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All year, kids who attend overnight camps in North America look forward to a much-beloved, end-of-the-season tradition: "Color War," that mix of athletic and creative activities that splits the camp in two until one team ends up victorious. Why the competition never changed its name to something more politically correct remains one of those mysteries of summers past and present...
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