Tuesday, August 4, 2015 Av 19, 5775
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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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Ryan Teitman
While many congregations throughout the area held recent rallies in support of Israel, Rabbi Peter Hyman of Temple Sholom in Broomall felt that something was missing. "It seemed to me that we were missing the bigger picture and a greater point," he said. "And the greater point for me was that issues that impact Israel and the Middle East are...
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