Monday, September 22, 2014 Elul 27, 5774

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Rachel Silverman, JE Feature
Judith Hodara is not a rabbi, nor does she have a position in the organized Jewish world. Still, Hodara, an admissions officer at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, sees herself as an ardent spokesperson for Israel. "Israel has so much to offer, both regionally and internationally," stated the 38-year-old. "So I try to think, 'How can I...
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Ryan Teitman, JE Feature
The 2004 documentary Paper Clips tells the story of the small town of Whitwell, Tenn., where a certain group of middle-school students undertook a remarkable project: filling a railway car with 11 million paper clips -- one for each victim of the Holocaust. Now, the Jess Kedson Foundation and the National Council of Jewish Women have been spreading the message...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
Although U.S. Army Spc. Richard J. Schmidt Jr. did 81 pushups in just two minutes, ran two miles in only 12 minutes and 36 seconds, and expertly peppered a target with bullets, the most grueling part of a series of soldier-on-soldier competitions proved to be a question-and-answer session with high-ranking army officials. "They were all 25 years in the service...
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Shul's out for summer! Well, not quite: For the most part, services at area synagogues continue through July and August uninterrupted; and unlike teachers, rabbis generally don't have their summers off. But that doesn't mean that the warm-weather months don't offer religious leaders a bit of downtime. After all, this is the season when many synagogue activities come to a...
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In the warmer months, it's 'Devotion by the Ocean'
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Carin M. Smilk, JE Feature
It was the kind of day you wish for all winter long -- hot, sunny, with a gentle breeze that dried perspiration just as it started to form on brows and noses. The ocean was as calm and clear as a wading pool, and the weekend crowds hadn't yet begun to fill up Margate, N.J. But instead of relishing the...
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