Saturday, May 30, 2015 Sivan 12, 5775

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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
As the country prepares to welcome a president with a focus on community organizing and grass-roots activism, so, too, is Philadelphia ushering in its own new leader with a similar focus. Allison Pokras was recently named as the executive director of Operation Understanding, a local organization that offers leadership training for African-American and Jewish high-schoolers. Each year, the group selects...
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Phyllis Rubin, JE Feature
If they're playing Hava Nagilah, Tsena Tsena and selections from "Fiddler on the Roof" on saxophones, string bass and accordion, and all the men are dancing together, it's got to be a Jewish wedding, right? Could be, but if sequins, banjos and feathers are involved, it's most likely the Avalon String Band, performing right on Broad Street, New Year's Day...
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
When the fighting erupted between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, Rabbi David Straus found himself in a quandary: how to deal with leading a group of more than 80 congregants on a trip through the Jewish state while the country was at war. Straus and his contingent from Main Line Reform Temple, Beth Elohim in Wynnewood were one of several...
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With Israeli ground forces battling Hamas fighters in Gaza -- and as casualties there mount and rockets continue to fall on cities in southern Israel -- speculation has grown about just what course President-elect Barack Obama will take when he assumes power. Will he reaffirm Israel's right to self-defense or call for a cease-fire? Will he fully immerse himself in...
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Children at Beth Tikvah-B'nai Jeshurun Preschool in Erdenheim celebrated Jewish Book Month on Dec. 10 by having stories read to them by area authors of children's books. Featured (from left) are Michelle Farbstein, bookfair chairperson; Dale Orman, author of The Mom Mom Book; and Dolores Goldich, author of I Saw an Ostrich in a Chair. BTBJ held its Jewish book...
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