Wednesday, April 23, 2014 Nisan 23, 5774
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A little breaking news from Little Girl Land: May 31 marked the debut of the first Jewish American Girl doll. Each American Girl represents a momentous era in U.S. history, as well as a girl's place in it. Founded in 1986, American Girl has sold some 16 million dolls. The company now has magazines, books, movies and showcase stores. I...
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As long as her parents can remember, Leah Horowitz had always been drawn to adventure and fascinated with the wider world. The Elkins Park native caught the "Africa bug" during a college semester in Zimbabwe; since then, she logged substantial time in Ghana and South Africa, focusing on issues such as sustainable agriculture, good governance and the role that gender...
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Aaron Passman, Jewish Exponent Feature
Irwin Schmuckler's veritable love affair with "Mo" started more than six decades ago. These days, though, it's become something of a long-distance romance. The 82-year-old said that he hasn't seen the "old girl" in 12 years, due to her limited mobility (to say nothing of his). She mostly hangs out in Hawaii, and it's hard to get around when you're...
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
Call it the greatest story ever re -told. Jewish Publication Society CEO and editor-in-chief Ellen Frankel is gearing up for the launch of the JPS Illustrated Children's Bible , as retold by Frankel and illustrator Avi Katz, set for release next month. The hardbound book collects 53 stories from the Hebrew Bible -- culled from the 1985 JPS translation --...
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The evening before the Anti-Defamation League was set to release its annual audit of anti-Semitic incidents, just such an event was being perpetrated at a local Conservative synagogue. Arriving for morning minyan, congregants at Congregation Ner Zedek-Ezrath Israel-Beth Uziel in Northeast Philadelphia found a gold, spray-painted swastika on the front of their building, reported office manager Terrie Bass. The offending...
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