Thursday, April 24, 2014 Nisan 24, 5774

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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
As night fell on Bagram Air Base in Northeast Afghanistan, Pennsylvania Army National Guard Maj. Kathryn Brill, 55, was wrapping things up after a long, hard day. While walking back to the small cluster of plastic yellow tents that the soldiers called home, it happened in a flash: Insurgents hit a remote area of the base with a series of...
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With one in four American Jews now over the age of 60, rabbis can expect to deal with issues related to aging like never before - and for many years to come. Senior citizens are living increasingly longer, leaving more time to examine their spirituality and contemplate their mortality. "We have this gift of decades more of life. We also...
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Before beginning seventh grade, 12-year-old Franckie Echeverria made the usual school-supply rounds with her parents, shopping for a new backpack, binder, pens, pencils and whatever else they thought might make her well-prepared for the first day of school. Less than a month later, they went through the ritual again, only this time the back-to-school items weren't for Franckie, but for...
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To kick off its new medical ethics forum planned to run throughout the year, Congregation Tiferes B'nai Israel in Warrington held an interfaith panel on abortion last Saturday evening as a prelude to Selichot services. "With the recent John Roberts nomination, we wanted to give an overview of abortion from both a religious and ethical standpoint," explained Jon Broder, the...
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Thanks to a new curriculum at Congregation Beth Israel of Media, Hebrew-school students there may have an easier time making their way through the streets of Jerusalem or ordering falafel in Tel Aviv. Starting this school year, the daled through zayin students - fourth- to seventh-graders - at the Reconstructionist synagogue will be taught conversational Hebrew, in addition to the...
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