Sunday, August 31, 2014 Elul 5, 5774

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Throughout the ages, the Exodus from Egypt -- and God's revelation of the Torah at Mount Sinai -- has represented the paramount moment of the Jewish experience. Yet the nadir -- the deadliest in a line of calamities that have befallen the Jewish people -- is so much closer to the present day. The two disparate epochs -- the revelation...
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During a recent speaking engagement, Tony Auth quickly summed up his career as a cartoonist for The Philadelphia Inquirer . "If you do this for a living, you get two things: awards and hate-mail," he joked before 150 or so people at Old York Road Temple-Beth Am in Abington. During a presentation last week to the Philadelphia section of the...
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When Elaine Samans and her late husband, Edward, first moved to Broomall from Philadelphia back in 1951, that section of Delaware County was sparsely populated with only a handful of Jewish families living in the vicinity, recalled the octogenarian. But in a familiar postwar pattern repeated in cities throughout the country, more and more young Jewish families headed for the...
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Gil Shefler, JTA
NEW YORK — Jewish Scouting leaders are taking a vocal role in efforts to pass a historic resolution that would partially lift a ban on gays in the Boy Scouts of America. In a meeting of the National Jewish Committee on Scouting in February, members voted overwhelmingly in favor of a resolution lifting the BSA’s longstanding ban on gay members...
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Michele Alperin, JNS.org
Chaya Appel-Fishman hatched the idea for a network of Jewish businesswomen at age 16, when she rented a college campus and created a conglomerate of creative arts programs with 120 participants and a 20-person staff. “I wanted mentors who could give me advice and deal with my religious needs,” she recalls. “And many women reached out to me for support,...
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