Sunday, April 20, 2014 Nisan 20, 5774

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The Festival of Lights is rapidly approaching, and that means it's time for many Jewish families to deck their homes with Chanukah-themed dish towels, napkins, candles and tablecloths, all while braving the malls or hopping online to find the latest MP3 player or the hottest video game for the kids. It's no secret that Chanukah has become part of mainstream...
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Twenty-six years ago, Golden Slipper Club & Charities was called upon to bail out a Jewish nursing home in Northeast Philadelphia that was in serious financial debt. Golden Slipper, which also runs a senior center, a camp for underprivileged children and a scholarship program out of its headquarters in Bala Cynwyd, accomplished that feat -- and has managed the 240-bed...
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Ryan Teitman
More than 500 supporters from the Philadelphia area crowded into Har Zion Temple in Penn Valley last week to witness elected officials discuss Israel, homeland security and the future of international cooperation at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's annual Salute to Congress. The event brought out both veteran and newly elected officials, including Senator-elect Bob Casey Jr., who gave...
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It's an age-old question: What does practicing religion have to do with being a good, ethical person? While working to formulate his own personal theology as a seminary student in the 1970s, Rabbi Ira F. Stone himself struggled with the notion of whether observing Judaism's commandments in itself leads to ethical behavior. "The Judaism I encountered up until that point...
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Ryan Teitman
During her years of volunteer work, Tarah Epstein Baiman worked hard at avoiding the very subject that had changed the course of her life: becoming an orphan after the deaths of her parents when she was just a teenager. At 16, she went to live with an uncle, and then with her grandparents. It was this experience that led her...
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