Tuesday, July 22, 2014 Tammuz 24, 5774
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At 26,800 square feet, the building that houses Suburban Jewish Community Center-B'nai Aaron in Havertown is plenty big. Too big, in fact. With rising gas prices and a membership base that has shrunk considerably, it's simply too pricey to maintain, say synagogue leaders. Now, the congregation that's situated in Delaware County -- not far from the Montgomery County line --...
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Aaron Passman, Staff Writer
Why is this flight different from all other flights? Well, for starters, it's the only direct flight from Philadelphia to Tel Aviv, and it made its maiden voyage there July 1. The US Airways flight was announced just about a year ago, and was debuted with plenty of pomp and circumstance, including balloons, refreshments and a number of airline personnel...
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Aaron Passman, Staff Writer
According to directors of area Jewish camps, this summer has so far been much like any other: a mix of outdoor activities during the day, roaring campfires at night, and a hefty dose of Jewish life and learning woven in-between. But there's been one key difference this season: Despite having taken extensive precautions to ensure the health of campers, a...
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Meryl Harrison Joblin
FIRST PERSON It was my father who entered me in the "Farrah Fawcett Look-Alike Contest." But it was me who paraded around the Phillies baseball diamond with thousands of other young blondish women sporting skimpy outfits and flowing manes. It was the summer of 1977, and I was 25, with a 1-year-old son in a stroller wheeled by my husband,...
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Rabbi Ira F. Stone can cite one reason why Conservative congregations have been losing ground to their Reform and Reconstructionist counterparts: Many people perceive them as less open to intermarried families. Stone, the religious leader of Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel in Center City, believes that Conservative shuls need to become more welcoming not only because it's the right thing to...
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