Wednesday, June 3, 2015 Sivan 16, 5775
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Zach Pontz, JE Feature
Dalia Sofer was only 10 when her family fled their homeland of Iran in the wake of the Islamic revolution of the late 1970s, which saw the end of the Shah's regime. Still, despite her tender years at the time of this forced leave-taking and her sketchy memories of the past, Sofer told a local synagogue audience that she drew...
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What was billed as a Thursday-morning interfaith event where clergy could receive information and advice on caring for the elderly wound up turning into a sing-along session with strong Christian overtones, led by a representative from Mayor John F. Street's office. Rev. Marguerite Handy, executive director of the Mayor's Office of Faith-Based Initiatives, was asked to give the closing remarks...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
Meyer Markowitz wants some action: He wants you to search through your closets, poke around the basement or attic, and scrounge through drawers in search of one thing -- unused tefillin. Markowitz, 78, is leading a drive at Tiferet Bet Israel in Blue Bell to collect tefillin -- two leather boxes filled with parchment and connected by a leather strap,...
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More than 1,000 pro-Israel advocates are set to gather in Philadelphia on Oct. 28 and Oct. 29 for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's annual summit. The two-day event -- to be held here for the first time -- will feature appearances by American and Israeli politicians, including former Israeli Prime Minister and current Defense Minister Ehud Barak. The Center...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
For many day-school students, it would be difficult to imagine Shabbat services held not in a decorative sanctuary, but in a small white room, where the "Torahs" are really just makeshift paper constructions, and the prayers are not led by a rabbi, but by someone no different than the rest of the congregation. Such is life in the middle of...
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