Wednesday, April 23, 2014 Nisan 23, 5774
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In one form or another, the Vaad: The Board of Rabbis of Greater Philadelphia has existed for more than 100 years. But with the departure last summer of its director of the past eight years, Rabbi David Gutterman, coupled with the absence of funding from the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, it seemed likely that the institution was down for...
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Teachers at the preschool and kindergarten of Adath Israel in Merion Station and the Early Childhood Education Center of Tiferet Bet Israel in Blue Bell have been chosen by the Legacy Heritage Institute to participate in an early-childhood education pilot program affiliated with Gratz College. The three-year program, to begin in September, will provide these teachers with 18 credit hours...
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There are bracelets for nearly every cause these days, jump-started by one of the originals -- the Lance Armstrong "Livestrong" yellow rubber bracelets to raise awareness for cancer. Locally, Tikvah/Advocates for the Jewish Mentally Ill just unveiled a bracelet that recognizes their platform. Handmade from semiprecious stones, natural stones, silver and metal, the bracelets will help raise money for the...
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Several Jewish groups have expressed concern that a June 11 Center City program featuring a Washington Post columnist and an Iranian-American writer could devolve into an Israel-bashing fest, even though the Israeli-Arab conflict isn't the stated subject of the event. For the last of a three-part series focusing on "The Future of Radical Islam," the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia...
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Adam Pardes, set to graduate from Abington Senior High School this month, recalled that he'd never felt a strong tie to the Reform synagogue he'd attended until he became a Bar Mitzvah. In fact, he said he'd never been entirely comfortable with theistic language or the concept of God. Still, he wanted to continue the connection, so his parents searched...
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