Friday, December 26, 2014 Tevet 4, 5775

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A pair of large dogs follow Donna Paul around her modest, two-story home in Elkins Park, keeping her company and offering a sense of comfort as she spends her days looking for a job. Reminders are everywhere that life for her and her three grown children -- they're between the ages of 17 and 24, and all live at home...
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First in an Ongoing Series At the age of 53, Jay Blum is starting over. For 30 years, the father of two grown children sold print ads for publications like Philadelphia Magazine and The Northeast Times. But in December, Blum's most recent employer, The News Gleaner, a community paper that covered the Northeast, shut down. For the first time since...
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Fredda Sacharow, JE Feature
Earlier this month, members of Or Hadash: A Reconstructionist Congregation in Fort Washington received a timely letter from their rabbi and other synagogue officials. The letter outlined measures the congregation is adopting to ease worshippers through difficult fiscal times: creating a synagogue-wide job bank, offering a seminar on resources available to those in need and holding a "Nosh With Rabbi...
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Fredda Sacharow, JE Feature
" ... Synagogues struggled under heavy financial burdens and mortgage debts, watched their memberships shrink, and were often forced to curtail programs and dismiss personnel. ... [The crisis] threatened both the economic health and substantive role of synagogues." University of Pennsylvania historian Beth S. Wenger was writing about another large city and another financial crisis in her 1996 book, New...
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Five minutes into a discussion on the intersection of Judaism and technology, LimmudPhilly presenter Sam Zitin tossed out an aside comparing the sometimes cacophonous interplay of voices and ideas found in the Talmud with the hyper-linked, user-generated content on Wikipedia. But before Zitin, director of information management for the fraternity Alpha Epsilon Pi, could get any further, J.T. Waldman, an...
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