Thursday, August 28, 2014 Elul 2, 5774
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Sally Friedman, JF Feature
She was a woman with a generous heart and a caring soul. When Cindy Smukler Dorani speaks of her maternal grandmother, the late Mildred Lasch, that's the message that comes through loud and clear. The plaque hanging at the entrance to the Jewish Community Centers of Greater Philadelphia Kaiserman Branch preschool says it all about Lasch, who left a very...
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Domestic violence begins and ends with empowerment
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Cheryl Kravitz stayed with her husband for 18 years. She stayed with him after he hurled a lamp at her head. She stayed with him though he made her sleep on the kitchen floor. And she stayed with him despite the fact that he stuck her arms into a burning oven. Though she acknowledges today that she felt "terrified to...
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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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