Friday, May 22, 2015 Sivan 4, 5775
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It happened to Philadelphia goalie Max Fenkell two years in a row. First, it was the inline hockey semifinal in the JCC Maccabi Games in 2004. After his Philadelphia team overcame a two-goal deficit against Washington, D.C., to tie the game -- this, in front of D.C.'s home crowd -- Fenkell, 15, gave up the game winning goal with just...
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For many of Pennsylvania's Jewish voters, the most watched Senate race in the country has forced them to sort out their own political priorities, and possibly support a candidate with whom they're less than 100 percent comfortable. At this point, the race may be Bob Casey's to lose -- poll after poll shows the incumbent barely managing 40 percent approval...
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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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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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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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