Wednesday, July 30, 2014 Av 3, 5774

By:
Rachel Silverman, JE Feature
Israeli Sherri Mandell and Philadelphian Dorothy Johnson-Speight live light years away from one another. The color of their skins is different, they follow different religions, they speak different languages. But on Friday afternoon, as participants in Safe Night Philadelphia, these two women shared a long embrace and a deep understanding: Their sons were both killed in brutal, senseless acts of...
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For some Hillel students at Temple University in Philadelphia, their building on North Broad Street is one that has been passed down through the generations. Their parents, for instance, know all about the oven's quirks from way back. The "elders" also recall when certain promises were made -- that a new building for Hillel was going to be built for...
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By:
Rachel Silverman, JE Feature
Children see dogs as cuddly pets, walking companions and loyal friends. But those enrolled in the religious school at Shir Ami-Bucks County Jewish Congregation in Newtown have come to understand that there are other crucial roles these animals can play. Over the course of the academic year, such students raised $10,000 to train a bomb-sniffing dog for use in Israeli...
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By:
Jared Shelly, JE Feature
Since many patients who receive hospice care realize that they may be living out their last days, a number of them often seek a deeper connection to spirituality and religion. For Jewish patients under the care of a nondenominational hospice service, the process of forging that bridge may prove difficult, since nurses and social workers may not be well-versed in...
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By:
Rachel Silverman, JE Feature
The pews were full at St. Vincent de Paul Church, in East Germantown, but it wasn't a typical Sunday-morning mass. Instead, those who gathered under the soaring cathedral ceiling wore hijabs, prayer beads and kipot; they practiced, among other religions, Buddhism, Judaism, Unitarianism, Quakerism and Islam; they represented every age and color. And yet all of those who attended this...
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