Thursday, October 30, 2014 Heshvan 6, 5775

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A light, freezing rain had driven nearly everyone underneath the protective awning attached to the Independence Mall Visitors Center. Awaiting the kindling of the 37-foot-tall menorah - which sat next to a scene of the three Magi put up by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia - folks began dancing the hora to Chanukah melodies supplied by a nearby keyboardist. Lois Yampolsky,...
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Jordana Jacobs and Bryan Schwartzman
At a time when peace and generosity are the hallmarks of the season, a local community was put to the test when the opposite occurred. After a menorah, part of a holiday display in Cianfrani Park on Eighth and Fitzwater streets in South Philadelphia, was torn down and destroyed Dec. 19, the Bella Vista United Civic Association acted quickly to...
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Conservative Judaism is struggling, according to the 18-year-old leader of its youth group, and it's up to Generation Y to re-energize the 100-plus-year-old movement. Mordy Greenspan, president of United Synagogue Youth, made this assessment Monday night in front of nearly 1,200 of his peers at the group's 55th annual international convention at the Philadelphia Marriott. "The movement," stated the Oceanside,...
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Torah Portion
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Rabbi Gary Pokras
MIKETZ Genesis 41:1 - 44:17 This week we read Parashat Miketz, which describes Joseph's spectacular rise to power in Egypt and his eventual reunion with his family. We also celebrate Chanukah. So what does the story of Joseph have to do with Judah the Maccabee and the rededication of the Holy Temple? Well, everything. Let's begin with Joseph. The Torah...
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Cantor David F. Tilman, JE Feature
Halfway through the holiday, still looking for good gifts? Here are a number of new recordings for your Chanukah shopping list: The Philadelphia Orchestra's first release on the Ondine label, "The Philadelphia Orchestra/ Christoph Eschenbach," featuring "Concerto for Orchestra," by Bela Bartok; "Memorial to Lidice," by Bohuslav Martinu; and "Partita for Strings," by Gideon Klein, contains music that is meaningful...
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Religious Events

Fri. Oct 31
Germantown Jewish Centre
6:00 PM
Fri. Oct 31
Old York Road Temple-Beth Am
7:00 PM
Fri. Oct 31
Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel
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