Wednesday, August 5, 2015 Av 20, 5775
Before he died, when he knew his end was drawing near, Joseph Smukler told his rabbi that he wanted lots of people to attend his funeral. He got that wish. The cavernous Main Line sanctuary at Har Zion Temple was filled to capacity as hundreds poured out on a hot summer Sunday to mourn and honor a longtime pillar of...
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Main Line moms Shelley Marine and Karen Cooke, longtime friends and fellow Hadassah fundraisers, made a habit of helping friends whenever death claimed a loved one -- a task that unfortunately became more common as they grew older. It wasn't until Marine lost her first parent eight years ago that she realized just how painful planning a shiva could be...
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U.S. Rep. Deborah Wasserman Schultz, the Florida Democrat who serves at the helm of the Democratic National Committee and is considered President Barack Obama's most prominent Jewish surrogate, is slated to stump for the president at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park next week. Also slated to speak locally on July 16 are U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, the Pennsylvania...
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A hospital merger isn't the kind of issue that usually draws the ire of the Jewish community. Yet the news in late June that Abington Health plans to merge with the Holy Redeemer Health System, and cease performing abortions as a result of the agreement, has sparked outrage among rabbis and has appeared to unite much of the Old York...
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Daniella Slon, Jewish Federation Feature
Sarah Katuran is a sprightly 95-year-old woman with a smile that radiates. She gets around with the aid of a walker, uses an amplifier to improve her hearing and suffers from macular degeneration, making reading difficult. However, despite such challenges, Sarah made the trip to Center City Philadelphia on a recent Friday morning for a special reunion, and her excitement...
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