Friday, November 28, 2014 Kislev 6, 5775
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Ryan Teitman
Fifty members of Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel's Blue Bell campus celebrated a momentous occasion on Aug. 25: their one-year anniversary. With a dinner and Shabbat service led by Assistant Rabbi Peter Rigler -- and an Oneg with ice-cream and cake afterward -- K.I.'s Blue Bell members commemorated an entire year at a new place of worship, though still as members...
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Ryan Teitman
With Israel in great need of postwar repair, locals have jump-started efforts to help out. Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park, for example, set a goal of raising $100,000 in a single month to be used for Magen David Adom, the Jewish state's medical-rescue unit. Yet the synagogue did not meet its goal; it exceeded it. "We sent a letter to...
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Sally Friedman, JE Feature
Down a narrow alley, past crumbling masonry walls in Cell Block 7, the doors to Eastern State Penitentiary's prison synagogue were open on a recent afternoon. Scores of visitors stepped inside to glimpse a remarkable sight: the remnants of a once-active sanctuary for the Jewish inmates. That sanctuary, which functioned as a place of worship until the 1960s, is now...
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Following the recent shootings at Seattle's Jewish Federation building, a thwarted airline terror plot and an increase in anti-Israel sentiment since the recent war in Lebanon, Jewish day schools across the region have stepped up their security measures to ensure students are safe in school. Abrams Hebrew Academy in Yardley is in the process of installing new doors and issuing...
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As of Monday, some 251 murders have occurred in the City of Brotherly Love, up 16 from the same time last year, according to the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office. In terms of percentages, the 2006 homicide rate represents a 25 percent spike from 2004. To address such startingly statistics, District Attorney Lynne Abraham, who's held the office since 1991, fielded...
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