Thursday, December 18, 2014 Kislev 26, 5775
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Daphna Berman, JE Feature
Randee Tecklin attended each of the christening ceremonies for her three grandchildren and has since watched as they've celebrated Christmas and Easter year in and year out. This Friday, she's taking them to a Chanukah party, but navigating the holidays with family -- her daughter-in-law isn't Jewish -- has always been fraught with difficulty. "It's a thin-ice experience," says Tecklin,...
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Have yourself a diverse and inclusive holiday, say those who celebrate both
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
The Kesack home in Maple Glen is adorned with a 5-foot-high menorah, dreidels and various other Chanukah paraphernalia. Some of it even hangs along with snowmen and lights on the Christmas tree in the middle of the family's living room. "We do Chanukah, and we do the commercial aspects of Christmas," said Andrea Kesack, who is raising her three young...
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Laurie Adelman Smith had searched for years for the right place to give her three children a Jewish education. The 47-year-old fitness instructor, who'd had little Jewish involvement throughout her own life, had met with several local rabbis, but never felt an intuitive connection to any of them. All that changed, though, when Smith met Shira Stutman, then a student...
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Three charitable organizations -- the Neubauer Family Foundation, the Foundation for Jewish Camp and the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia -- have joined forces to make attendance at Jewish overnight camps more affordable for families in the Greater Philadelphia area. The 2010 Overnight Camp Incentive Program will provide a grant of up to $1,000 to 185 first-time campers, ages 8...
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Rachel Levy Lesser, JE Feature
In lieu of snack time this past Monday morning, 130 or so toddlers gathered in the sanctuary of Temple Beth Hillel/Beth El in Wynnewood to attend a wedding. For most of the children, it was their first such ceremony -- and it was a distinctly special one. They had gathered to watch the synagogue's early-childhood center's assistant teacher, Janine Neff,...
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