Saturday, July 4, 2015 Tammuz 17, 5775
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At first, Hannah Kearney had trouble wrapping her mind around the fact that she was in Israel, especially since she'd spent so much of her time inside a dance studio. But eventually she did take in her surroundings -- the bucolic northernmost portion of the Galilee -- and became as enamored with the scenery as she was with her Israeli...
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Jill Radwin, JE Feature
Lehigh University was so eager to recruit Carli Sukonik for its women's lacrosse team, the coaches switched a planned weekend for potential recruits last year because it conflicted with Rosh Hashanah. "Lehigh's understanding was influential in sealing the deal," said the 18-year-old Penn Valley resident, who will be heading to Lehigh next week to launch her college career. "I didn't...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
With 1,500 athletes and coaches descending on Philadelphia for next week's JCC Maccabi Games, preparations for the Olympic-style competition for Jewish teens is quite an undertaking. Armed with just two paid staffers, some interns and plenty of volunteers, Beth Segal, the games director, and Farrell Borine, executive director of the Kaiserman JCC, are feverishly working out the last-minute details as...
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The Pocono Mountains Fifteen-year-old Samantha Helias doesn't belong to a synagogue, attend Hebrew school or practice any kind of Judaism at home in Holland, Pa. Her mom is Jewish, her father isn't. Yet here she is in her second summer at Pinemere Camp, among the 10th grade counselors-in-training who lead Havdalah services every Saturday. When her parents took her out...
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It was just a few days before Tisha B'Av, the traditional fast day that commemorates the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem, as well as other Jewish tragedies. Rabbi Jeff Sultar told a group of seniors who are adjusting to the recent closing of the Stiffel Senior Center in South Philadelphia that the occasion is also about...
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