Friday, April 18, 2014 Nisan 18, 5774
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When Jewish Family Services opened its doors just three blocks from her home in Northeast Philadelphia, Bertha Rabinowitch marched right in and offered to volunteer. Every Wednesday she'd help out those in need with their income-tax returns. Now, more than 35 years since that day - she couldn't remember exactly how long - Rabinowitch is still volunteering for the organization,...
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Like so many other Chasidim living in the Soviet Union, Baruch Mordechai Lifshits was a target of the authorities from an early age. So, it came as no surprise when the 21-year-old, just newly engaged, found a swarm of KGB agents looking for evidence of his "subversive teachings." They came to his home - displaying a piece of paper indicating...
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Jennifer A. Katz, JE Feature
An evening tryst in June has added another wrinkle to the high-profile vehicular homicide case of Jewish restaurateur Susanna Goihman, charged with the hit-and-run death of 15-year-old Philadelphia resident Kayla Peter. Testimony surfaced earlier this month regarding an alleged affair with fellow Jewish restaurateur Alberto DelBello, who may now face legal issues of his own. Following a grand-jury indictment on...
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Jan L. Apple, JE Feature
The beauty and warmth of Shabbat stretched across an entire geographic region when a monthlong community initiative "Let's Celebrate Shabbat Across Bucks County" was observed at 12 area synagogues throughout September. While each participating congregation (Reform, Conservative and Reconstructionist) tailored programming to fit particular needs, the end result yielded what it had intended - the creation of family-oriented activities that...
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The construction of an eruv - a symbolic barrier surrounding an area within which observant Jews are halachically permitted to carry things outside of their homes on Shabbat - has for years been a dream of many in Center City. And now that Mayor John Street has signed into law a City Council ordinance approving the eruv, the only apparent...
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