Wednesday, July 23, 2014 Tammuz 25, 5774
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Yehoshua Halevi, JE Feature
Dr. Chaim Peri has 500 children - and a hug and a kind word for each one, every day. The longtime director of Yemin Orde Wingate Youth Village, Peri believes all of his children can be great. And he never tires of telling them so. Nestled among the pine trees on a hilltop of the Carmel Mountains just south of...
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Avivah Raziel, who helps bring life into the world as a neonatal nurse, was at work at Hadassah Hospital on Aug. 9, 2001, when she heard that a suicide bomber had struck a pizza place in the heart of Jerusalem, claiming 15 lives. "My first thought was there must have been many young people there," explained Raziel, 52, who between...
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Temple Brith Kodesh renovated a duplex on Frontenac and Wellington streets in Northeast Philadelphia 50 years ago, taking what was just a house and converting it into a synagogue. Over the course of a summer all those years ago, members volunteered their time to design a sanctuary, build an office for the rabbi and create classrooms where the children could...
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Hoping, quite literally, for some kind of miracle, Jeff Landsman slipped a desperately scrawled note into a crevice in the Western Wall. On his first visit to Israel five years ago, the married father of two teenagers asked God for the strength to come out to the world as a gay man. "Everything I knew was unraveling faster than I...
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When 20-year-old Jillian Kahn returned glowing from a Birthright Israel trip in January, she had no idea that come summer, her connection with the Jews of Argentina would feel as powerful as her bond with her co-religionists in Israel. But Kahn - who attends the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey in Pomona, and whose family belongs to Shir Ami-Bucks...
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