Wednesday, July 23, 2014 Tammuz 25, 5774

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Rachel Silverman, JE Feature
Like many cities in the former Soviet Union, Kerch -- today part of Ukraine -- didn't permit much in the way of Jewish life and practice during the greater part of the 20th century. But after the Ukrainian state declared independence in 1991, a movement for Jewish renewal began, and a congregation was born in the seaport city. According to...
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Thanks to a little mazel, no Cub or Boy Scout pack has ever picked -- or been randomly assigned -- the number 613. So when Center City mom Nora Tillman filled out the paperwork to start a new Jewish scouting troop, she immediately decided to name it after the number of commandments enumerated in the Five Books of Moses. "This...
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The roller-coaster ride of the Philadelphia Democratic mayoral primary is over, resulting in what many experts pegged as a highly improbable victory for former City Councilman Michael Nutter. Now Nutter's supporters, as well as many backers of the four candidates he defeated, are expressing hope that the self-styled reformer can bring fundamental change to City Hall, improve the downtown business...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
Despite the fact that a campus Jewish group initially -- and quite vociferously -- opposed the choice of former Secretary of State James Baker as keynote speaker, this year's commencement at the University of Pennsylvania proceeded without a hitch. When the educational institution first announced Baker as its choice, a student group called the Penn Israel Coalition cited Baker's previous...
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Rachel Silverman, JE Feature
Some rode bicycles, others walked or ran, but all who participated in Temple Beth Hillel/Beth El's sixth annual Tzedakah-thon last weekend added fire to the synagogue's major philanthropic campaign. The event -- held this past Sunday morning under sunny skies -- generated more than $30,000 for local and Israeli charities, including "A Package From Home," the Schneider Children's Medical Center...
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