Friday, February 27, 2015 AdarI 8, 5775
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Dressed in flame-resistant boots and wearing a gray uniform adorned with various patches and insignias, Moshe Geffen came across like a mischievous Boy Scout who seemingly can't get through a sentence without cracking a joke. But the 34-year-old Israeli firefighter's demeanor suddenly turned serious when the topic switched to the deadly Carmel Fire. The blaze made international headlines in December...
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Birthright Israel NEXT, the nonprofit agency designed to continue engaging the young adults who took advantage of the agency's free trips to Israel after they return home, is downsizing and reshaping its operations in Philadelphia. Though details are still being finalized, officials say NEXT will be revived this winter in partnership with the volunteer-run Moishe House and Tribe 12, a...
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Environmentalism and the Internet: two words you don't hear too often in the same sentence. But 19 young Jewish environmentalists are hoping this combination will be just the thing to connect and promote environmental activism across the world. Together, they recently launched Jewcology.com , an interactive web portal loaded with eco-conscious blogs, discussion forums, event listings and educational resources. At...
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Nine-year-old Leedaar Alon giggled as she lowered a bright light over a metal grasshopper, setting the solar-paneled toy into a nervous skitter. Behind her, other fourth-graders in her class at the Congregations of Shaare Shamayim raced tiny cars using the same "solar" technique. On Sunday, Hebrew lessons took a back seat as the entire religious school rotated through a series...
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Ed Rendell may now be a former governor and a private citizen once again -- Republican Gov. Tom Corbett took the oath of office Tuesday morning -- but don't expect the 67-year-old to be sitting around idly. In fact, the two-term governor and former Philadelphia mayor -- who admittedly has never spent much time in synagogue, but has expressed pride...
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