Friday, July 31, 2015 Av 15, 5775
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
With statistics showing that boys are more likely than girls to significantly decrease Jewish involvement after their Bar Mitzvahs, what can Jewish institutions do to keep young males active in synagogue and communal life? "Forty-seven percent of boys see their Bar Mitzvah as their graduation from Judaism. I don't remember getting a Judaism diploma at my Bar Mitzvah, but that's...
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The sidewalk in front of Congregation Beth Hamedrosh in Wynnewood is roped off. The driveway remains a work in progress; large heaps of dirt fill a space set to become a parking lot. In short, the building is still very much a construction site. But the lion's share of the work has been completed, and earlier this month -- after...
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Ryan Teitman, JE Feature
In a push to provide more in-depth education to clergy and professionals who work with the elderly, the Helen Bader Foundation in Milwaukee has given a $74,215 grant to Hiddur: The Center for Aging and Judaism at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote. Much of the grant money will go to fund a three-year pilot program that aims to train...
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Rachel Silverman, JE Feature
Jalda Rebling lives in Berlin, and her mother survived the Holocaust. Yet Rebling, who works as a cantor, doesn't want to think only of the past. "The trauma of the Shoah is in our bones, our DNA," Rebling wrote in an e-mail. "But we cannot build up a future in only looking backwards. For my children and grandchildren, I want...
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Carin M. Smilk, JE Feature
It was a situation that practically begged for some good old-fashioned humor. After all, filling nearly every seat in the auditorium of the Jewish Community Services Building in Center City for the 25th annual Jewish Law Day earlier this month were attorneys, male and female, young and old, as far as the eye could see. They had gathered for social,...
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