Friday, May 29, 2015 Sivan 11, 5775
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Steve Hofstetter
I have spent the better part of the last four years convincing my parents that I don't need to marry a Jewish girl. Turns out, I was wrong. It's not the first time that's happened, though it may be the first time I'm admitting it to them. Every Jew of my generation grew up with the irrefutable truth that we...
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What goes around comes around, at least when talking about the revolutions of a Ferris wheel. A group in Phoenixville in Chester County is hoping that the story of one such attraction comes full circle: It's working to restore and display a 70-foot-tall historic ride, one of the first ever built, in the very city where it was constructed 114...
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While it's pretty hard to miss Beth Sholom Congregation's striking edifice as you drive past it on Old York Road in Elkins Park, it hasn't always been that easy to tour the inside of the only synagogue ever designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Up until now, taking a tour meant calling ahead and making an appointment. But that's...
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Fredda Sacharow, JE Feature
Howard Reed owns a small piece of American-Jewish history. Family lore has it that his maternal grandmother, Rebecca Steiner, was the first woman to graduate from Philadelphia College of Pharmacy -- itself the first such institution in North America -- circa 1900. Now Reed, a retired postal clerk, is writing his own chapter in his people's history as the National...
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Aaron Passman and Bryan Schwartzman, JE Staff
Talk about a fall frenzy. At Jewish institutions, in individual homes and in public spaces, Jews across greater Philadelphia gave back like it was going out of style on Nov. 1, doing their best to put the mania in Mitzvah Mania. How much mania are we talkin' about here? Well, there's the 4,000 pints of soup made for the hungry...
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