Monday, December 29, 2014 Tevet 7, 5775

Grape times await visitors to San Luis Obispo County
By:
Elyse Glickman, JE Feature
Thanks to the Food Network, the Travel Channel and movies such as "Bottle Shock" and "Sideways," California's "wine country" destinations are both hotter and cooler than ever. Because these verdant spreads attract serious food and wine afficionados everywhere, restaurants at all price points tap into the earthy, seductive appeal of wineries that have enriched the state. Nowhere is this more...
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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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By:
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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By:
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 ...
By:
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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