Sunday, December 28, 2014 Tevet 6, 5775

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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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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
With 1,500 athletes and coaches descending on Philadelphia for next week's JCC Maccabi Games, preparations for the Olympic-style competition for Jewish teens is quite an undertaking. Armed with just two paid staffers, some interns and plenty of volunteers, Beth Segal, the games director, and Farrell Borine, executive director of the Kaiserman JCC, are feverishly working out the last-minute details as...
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Philadelphia-area attorneys, accountants and other professional advisers are invited to participate in the Solomon and Sylvia Bronstein Seminar at The Hyatt at the Bellevue in Philadelphia. This annual event, sponsored by the Estate Planners Advisory Committee of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 8, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Samuel A. Donaldson, JD, LLM, will...
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Author traces those spiritual 'baby steps' to parenthood
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Rachel Vigoda, JE Feature
Everyone told Rabbi Ilana Grinblat that becoming a parent changes everything. But she had no idea what they were talking about. Until, of course, she became a parent. Grinblat's new memoir-style parenting guide, Blessings and Baby Steps: The Spiritual Path of Parenthood , takes readers through the milestones of parenting -- from conception and labor through swimming lessons and first...
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It was just a few days before Tisha B'Av, the traditional fast day that commemorates the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem, as well as other Jewish tragedies. Rabbi Jeff Sultar told a group of seniors who are adjusting to the recent closing of the Stiffel Senior Center in South Philadelphia that the occasion is also about...
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