Friday, December 26, 2014 Tevet 4, 5775

By:
Rabbi Michael Knopf
Last week, the Freeh Report revealed that Penn State's leaders covered up Jerry Sandusky's crimes to protect the university's image, its football program and Joe Paterno's reputation. This outrageous moral failure is inexcusable. But in addition to righteous indignation, we might also use the news as an opportunity for self-reflection. As my teacher, Rabbi Sharon Brous, taught in a recent...
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Much of the Jewish community along the Old York Road corridor is up in arms over the proposed merger of Abington Health with Holy Redeemer Health System. They have good reason to be incensed. As our cover story reports this week, both hospitals are being tight-lipped about the reasons for the merger and what the implications will be. The only...
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By:
Michael Gordan
On Friday, July 13, Lechu Neranena will celebrate its first anniversary of conducting monthly Friday night services. This Orthodox minyan in Bala Cynwyd is an example of a recent phenomenon, sometimes called the partnership minyan, where women are able to participate more fully than in traditional Orthodox synagogues. Though services are conducted with a mechitzah , or divider, between men...
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By:
Howard D. Scher
As we at JEVS Human Services celebrate 70 years of service to thousands of people of the Greater Philadelphia community, I don't know how many times I've been asked: "What's Jewish about JEVS?" There's another question that usually accompanies this one -- "So what is it that JEVS does?" These are the most frequent queries people voice about an organization...
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George Washington would likely be astonished to see his words emblazoned on SEPTA bus panels all around town: "To Bigotry No Sanction." But we should be thankful to the National Museum of American Jewish History, sponsor of the ads, for forcing us to confront our first president's historic mandate, especially as we celebrate our nation's founding this week. The words...
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