Sunday, August 2, 2015 Av 17, 5775
Some traditions at play at Main Line synagogue
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With a tallit draped over his shoulders and a guitar resting on his lap, Rabbi Ethan Franzel sat, eyes closed and completely still, in the dimly lit chapel at Main Line Reform Temple-Beth Elohim in Wynnewood. At 6:15 a.m. on Tuesday morning, darkness still enveloped the sky; the lights in the rest of the building hadn't even been turned on...
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Aaron Passman, JE Staff
When Karen Krebs-Wellerstein lost her job in May, it came as a sudden shock. For more than six years, she had worked to raise funds from major donors for the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia. With her department already shrunk, she thought she was safe. "I was very surprised," said the 55-year-old. But she didn't waste time feeling sorry for...
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Two Republican contenders -- one Jewish and the other a non-Jew with Jewish interests -- are hoping to pull off the upset of a lifetime come Election Day on Nov. 3. In a city where Democrats outnumber Republicans by a 7-1 margin, the last time a GOP candidate sought citywide office, he got 17 percent of the vote. Most pundits...
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Sally Friedman, JE Feature
When he was a sophomore at Harvard majoring in computer science, Tal Ben-Shahar should have been on top of the world. He was doing well academically, he was thriving socially, and he was playing varsity soccer -- but something was off. He was strangely unhappy. So he went to his adviser, as he recently told a capacity audience at Temple...
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Aaron Passman, JE Staff
Adam Levick, 41, spent more than half a decade working with the Anti-Defamation League. Having started out as an unpaid intern, spurred on by the outbreak of the Second Intifada, the native Philadelphian progressed through the organization first to a part-time position and then to a full-time gig, most recently as the group's assistant director of Jewish security, analyzing and...
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