Friday, August 1, 2014 Av 5, 5774

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For the leaders of Temple Brith Achim, a 275-family Reform congregation in King of Prussia, scrapping membership dues two years ago in favor of a pay-what-you-wish approach was a bit like stepping off a cliff. But after overhauling how members fund the entire synagogue operation -- in part, by trading the word "dues" for the more altruistic-sounding term "gift" --...
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Toward the end of her life, 15-year-old Rina Goldberg declared her bedroom to be a no-crying zone. She tried her best to enforce that policy, too, said her father, Ari, director of the Jewish Community High School at Gratz College. "If you're going to cry, leave the room," the Cheltenham teenager once told her grandma. Even as a debilitating disease...
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Amid all the speculation about a possible Israeli strike on Iran's nuclear facilities -- and what such a strike would mean for the United States -- Robert M. Gates says he's "blessedly" relieved that he's no longer the Pentagon's top man. Throughout his decades of government service, including stints as secretary of defense and director of the CIA, Gates has...
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How did a New York-born academic and Jerusalem Post columnist come to play a key role in the most celebrated, and criticized, prisoner swap in Israel's history -- the deal to free Gilad Shalit in exchange for more than 1,000 Palestinians? Since the 1980s, Gershon Baskin, a 55-year-old Jerusalemite, has cultivated contacts among Palestinian academics and civic leaders in the...
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Work is under way on a new, $28 million, 60-acre Jewish community campus not far from Princeton, N.J. The Matthew and Staci Wilson Jewish Community Campus being built in West Windsor Township, on land that was once a cornfield, is expected to open later this year and will serve families from Bucks County as well. The Delaware River, which divides...
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