Friday, July 25, 2014 Tammuz 27, 5774

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JE Staff
The staff of the Jewish Exponent received a record 17 awards as city, state and national press associations handed out honors for the best journalism published in 2006. "The State of Marriage" -- a four-part series on trends in Jewish dating, living together and matrimony -- earned first place in two citywide competitions. It won the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of...
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Dennis Ross, who served as Mideast envoy in both the George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton administrations, offered a stinging rebuke of American diplomacy in the region during the tenure of President George W. Bush, asserting, among other things, that the current policy is actually accelerating the Iranian drive toward nuclear capability. Ross -- a key player in both the...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
With statistics showing that boys are more likely than girls to significantly decrease Jewish involvement after their Bar Mitzvahs, what can Jewish institutions do to keep young males active in synagogue and communal life? "Forty-seven percent of boys see their Bar Mitzvah as their graduation from Judaism. I don't remember getting a Judaism diploma at my Bar Mitzvah, but that's...
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Israeli teens Oded Rinsky and Shy-li Tal gave up virtually every weekend for the past six months in order to prepare for their summer gig -- touring the United States as "emissaries" of their home country. It's part of a Scouting tradition that stretches back decades, even before the founding of the Jewish state. In fact, it seems like many...
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Rachel Silverman, JE Feature
Jalda Rebling lives in Berlin, and her mother survived the Holocaust. Yet Rebling, who works as a cantor, doesn't want to think only of the past. "The trauma of the Shoah is in our bones, our DNA," Rebling wrote in an e-mail. "But we cannot build up a future in only looking backwards. For my children and grandchildren, I want...
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