Tuesday, July 22, 2014 Tammuz 24, 5774
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What does the face of the area's Jewish community look like in the first part of the 21st century? For one, it's more wrinkled than it's ever been, with far fewer children in its midst than it had even a decade ago. At the same time, the intermarriage rate has reached 45 percent for Jews under 40, with only 29...
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Talk about being dealt a bad hand: For the second time now, debate over the 2009-10 state budget has led to the postponement of the Pennsylvania Jewish Coalition's legislative mission to Israel. And this time, as it turns out, the group folded too soon. They actually didn't need to cancel. On Jan. 6, the Pennsylvania General Assembly passed legislation legalizing...
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
Sometimes, immigration to Israel isn't only about ideology, but also about a matter of convenience. Miriam Esris of the Rhawnhurst section of Northeast Philadelphia was one of more than 200 people from across North America to make aliyah Dec. 29 on the final Nefesh B'Nefesh flight of 2009. Esris, formerly an elementary-education teacher in the Neshaminy school district, said that...
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Aaron Passman, JE FEature
Growing up in the 1950s and '60s, Rayman Solomon, the son of David and Miriam Solomon of Helena, Ark., read the Megillah in English at Purim; attended Passover seders that concluded not with "Next Year in Jerusalem," but with a rendition of "America the Beautiful"; and was confirmed as a teenager alongside eight of his peers, in lieu of becoming...
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Season's greetings took on a somewhat sour note when I heard a certain salutation amid the jingle bells and paper horns touting a happy new year. "Where's my husband? He's at the store, trying to Jew down the owner for a better price." I happened to be in the lovely resort of Aruba, sifting through children's clothing along with my...
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