Wednesday, November 26, 2014 Kislev 4, 5775

Outside Beth Sholom Congregation in Elkins Park, a sign roots for the home team, as it prepares to take on Tampa Bay in the World Series. Photo by Joanna Lightner
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Roy S. Gutterman, JE Feature
During High Holiday services last week, my rabbi raised an issue that, in recent months, has been weighing quite heavily on me. While delivering his last High Holiday sermons before his retirement after 19 years at my synagogue, he spoke about the temple's openness to outsiders, particularly interfaith couples. My temple, founded in 1839, is quite Reform -- sometimes, it...
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Edward L. Snitzer, JE Feature
On Oct. 3, Congress passed a controversial $700 billion financial rescue plan. It did so with great misgivings, and only because it had been warned of the need to stem the frozen credit panic gripping the financial markets with some plan, any plan. Given the panic, all that was on the table for congressional consideration was the Treasury plan: Will...
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A Saskatchewan synagogue? Sure, just step over to the dance school ...
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Lauren Kramer, JE Feature
It's Friday night, and I'm in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, standing outside the House of Israel Synagogue and wishing there were a service I could attend. As it happens, I'm late -- by nearly 18 years. This synagogue closed its doors in September 1990, leaving only a cement plaque outside as evidence that it was, indeed, a synagogue, serving a Jewish...
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Aaron Passman, JE Featiure
After a recent incident between Lower Merion and Strath Haven high schools -- in which students engaged in anti-Semitic trash-talking on Facebook prior to a soccer match between the two -- both schools have moved to quell the furor, as well as educate students about the incident. Strath Haven principal MaryJo Yannacone said her school was tackling the issue on...
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