Friday, July 25, 2014 Tammuz 27, 5774

Before he died, when he knew his end was drawing near, Joseph Smukler told his rabbi that he wanted lots of people to attend his funeral. He got that wish. The cavernous Main Line sanctuary at Har Zion Temple was filled to capacity as hundreds poured out on a hot summer Sunday to mourn and honor a longtime pillar of...
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Is it possible that Philadelphia is home to the greatest collection of Rodins this side of Paris -- thanks to a schnauzer? According to Norma Bruns­wick, that is how the foundation for the Rodin Museum, which reopened last week after a three-year renovation, was laid. The 79-year-old Rydal resident is the granddaughter of Jules Mastbaum, the movie mo­gul/philanthropist who single-handedly...
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For U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the head of the Democratic National Committee, the toughest question of the evening came at the end: Why had President Barack Obama urged Israel to retreat to its pre-1967 borders? Speaking to the roughly 1,200 people who had gathered Monday night at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park, the Florida congresswoman said she...
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Vivian Felzer cast her first ballot for president in 1940. She went with a popular choice, Franklin Delano Roosevelt. She's voted in every presidential election since and Felzer, now a registered Republican, plans to do so in November. But when Pennsylvania's new voter ID law recently went into effect, it created a bit of a problem for the 93-year-old. She...
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When Willow Grove Day Camp opened in 1955, founder Howie Zeitz estimated that practically every camper was Jewish. Even today, Zeitz estimates that up to 90 percent of the children who spend the summer boating, swimming and playing on their grounds are members of the tribe. Directors at several other secular day camps around the area also report overwhelmingly Jewish...
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