Thursday, October 23, 2014 Tishri 29, 5775

By:
Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg
Sir Jonathan Sacks, the Chief Rabbi of England, told a local audience last week that, over the course of the past 2,000 years, there have been four major mutations in the virus known as anti-Semitism. The first mutation came during the centuries immediately after the birth of Christianity, when Jews were blamed for killing Jesus. Then, the Middle Age brought...
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By:
Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg
"All of our children are in crisis," proclaimed relationship guru Rabbi Shmuley Boteach last week during a local lecture. Whether his audience wanted to hear it or not, he added, he would be presenting a "painful message" -- that it's not a health crisis American kids suffer from, or the sex, drugs or teen pregnancy usually referred to as the...
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By:
Aaron Passman
Daniel Weinblatt was homesick. "The first few weeks felt like a year," he lamented. "It took so long to get used to the program and everyone there, and I felt very homesick. But after those first few weeks, the program flew by." Weinblatt was part of this year's junior class from Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy (formerly Akiba Hebrew Academy)...
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By:
Aaron Passman
It was all hard hats and "Hatikvah" last Monday in Bryn Mawr at a groundbreaking ceremony for the Raymond and Ethel Goldberg Tennis Center on the future campus of the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy, formerly Akiba Hebrew Academy. Board of directors president Jay Dorsch led the May 12 ceremony, which included remarks from several Barrack co-chairs and community leaders...
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By:
Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg
Down a narrow cellblock alley at Eastern State Penitentiary, beyond a locked gate, is a small room that's been overlooked and forgotten for nearly four decades. Though time and weather have taken their toll, there is no mistaking what the hidden space is -- a synagogue. From the early 1920s until the beginning of the 1970s, the synagogue behind the...
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