Wednesday, July 30, 2014 Av 3, 5774
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Jackie Bobrin doubted her 8-year-old son Ethan would be able to attend religious school. "Regular" life was difficult enough with the behaviors his doctors attributed to a possible combination of Attention Deficit Disorder, Asberger's and bipolar disorder, she said. What synagogue would have the interest -- or resources -- to give him the extra attention he needed? Surprisingly, the Bryn...
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Lewis Katz, one of the new owners of The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News and Philly.com, is a major funder of Jewish causes. Three Jewish Community Centers in New Jersey, including the ones in Cherry Hill and Margate, are named for his parents, Betty and Milton Katz. The 70-year-old lawyer and businessman originally from Camden is one of the...
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For the sixth straight year, Rabbi Dan Ehrenkrantz, president of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote, was included on the Newsweek/Daily Beast list of America's top 50 rabbis. This year, Ehrenkrantz came in at No. 15; last year, he was 16. The editors stated that Ehrenkrantz "carries the torch for self-critical, nuanced Judaism." He's also credited with leading the institution...
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With Tourette Syndrome, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and a room filled with rowdy classmates working against him, 13-year-old Adam Fishbein said it simply became too difficult to control himself during religious school by the fourth grade. But, Fishbein said, he also wanted to become a Bar Mitzvah, and he actually liked spending time at synagogue. So instead of dropping out,...
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Looking for art therapy for a child with special needs, or maybe a job for an adult with high-functioning autism? Find suggestions for those resources and more on specialneedsphilly.org , a new, searchable website and accompanying helpline (800-859-7674) that Jewish Family and Children's Service unveiled this week. With input from members of the city's special needs consortium and a $300,000...
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