Wednesday, March 4, 2015 AdarI 13, 5775

By:
Fredda Sacharow, JE Feature
Howard Reed owns a small piece of American-Jewish history. Family lore has it that his maternal grandmother, Rebecca Steiner, was the first woman to graduate from Philadelphia College of Pharmacy -- itself the first such institution in North America -- circa 1900. Now Reed, a retired postal clerk, is writing his own chapter in his people's history as the National...
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Aaron Passman and Bryan Schwartzman, JE Staff
Talk about a fall frenzy. At Jewish institutions, in individual homes and in public spaces, Jews across greater Philadelphia gave back like it was going out of style on Nov. 1, doing their best to put the mania in Mitzvah Mania. How much mania are we talkin' about here? Well, there's the 4,000 pints of soup made for the hungry...
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Aaron Passman, JE Staff
The Web site for Teva Landscaping, a local business run by native Israeli Ami Dolev, 36, was hacked into and vandalized with anti-Semitic, anti-Israel statements. The messages, which claimed to be from an Algerian hacker, contained the words "StOp War in Al-Aqsa Mosque," [sic] featured graphic photos of victims from recent Israeli conflicts, and referred to Israelis as "the real...
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Daphna Berman, JE Feature
It was a typical Bar Mitzvah in many ways: The Bar Mitzvah boy chanted the blessings over the Torah, his family looked on with pride, and when it was all over, the guests danced the hora and enjoyed a festive meal, complete with a blue-and-white sheet cake with the words "Mazel Tov" written across it. But at the recent ceremony...
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By:
Aaron Passman, JE Staff
To hear the residents of Brith Sholom House tell it, Saturdays are usually a fairly quiet affair at the senior living center on Conshohocken Avenue in Philadelphia. This past Saturday, however, was a bit livelier. Not because of Halloween -- that attracts a much younger crowd -- but because of the eight women who celebrated their adult Bat Mitzvah ceremonies...
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