Sunday, April 26, 2015 Iyyar 7, 5775

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Starting this month, the Etz Chaim Center for Jewish Studies is offering a new opportunity for young Jews to learn about their religion, its history and traditions, and the Hebrew language. The Etz Chaim Hebrew School will be offered at the center's Elkins Park location on High School Road. The school is geared mainly for children ages 6 through 13,...
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A cold, steady rain fell as darkness descended, but the weather didn't dampen many spirits in the considerable crowd that had gathered. More than 120 people had been drawn to the Rhawnhurst section of Philadelphia to mark the birth of a new Jewish institution -- a talmudic yeshiva -- in a corner of the city that has seen its fair...
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Acclaimed author Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso (left) signs one of her many books for Beth Berman, director of the Richard E. Rudolph Jr. Preschool at Congregation Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park. Sasso, now based in Indianapolis, has roots in Philadelphia area; in fact, she was the first woman ordained by the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote. She appeared to discuss...
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Carin M. Smilk, JE Feature
The program was billed as "In the Spirit of Family: The Universal Language of Grief." But there is nothing at all universal in the way the participating panelists have suffered, and words have provided little solace; for them, ordinary language just doesn't translate. What the three middle-aged women who sat on a podium together late last month do have in...
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The significant sum, raised since August, will be used to finance the growing congregation's expansion project, which includes plans for a new, larger sanctuary, a social hall and an enlarged kitchen. The money raised during this phase of the campaign is in addition to more than $2.25 million raised several years ago for the building fund, explained Rabbi Jeff Pivo...
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