Monday, August 3, 2015 Av 18, 5775

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Adam Pardes, set to graduate from Abington Senior High School this month, recalled that he'd never felt a strong tie to the Reform synagogue he'd attended until he became a Bar Mitzvah. In fact, he said he'd never been entirely comfortable with theistic language or the concept of God. Still, he wanted to continue the connection, so his parents searched...
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Daphna Berman, JE Feature
If it costs $40,000 to treat a patient for a gunshot wound and $30,000 to incarcerate a convict, then the $1,200 it costs to pair an at-risk child with a mentor -- thereby increasing the child's chances of staying in school and away from crime -- is actually a sound financial investment. That, essentially, is the business model driving the...
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The evening before the Anti-Defamation League was set to release its annual audit of anti-Semitic incidents, just such an event was being perpetrated at a local Conservative synagogue. Arriving for morning minyan, congregants at Congregation Ner Zedek-Ezrath Israel-Beth Uziel in Northeast Philadelphia found a gold, spray-painted swastika on the front of their building, reported office manager Terrie Bass. The offending...
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Four years ago, Bob Casey -- then state treasurer and a candidate for the U.S. Senate -- made his first trip to Israel, touring the country as a relative foreign-policy neophyte with a group of Jewish backers who hoped they had found the guy to unseat conservative Republican Rick Santorum. Last week, Casey returned to the Jewish state under very...
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
Call it the greatest story ever re -told. Jewish Publication Society CEO and editor-in-chief Ellen Frankel is gearing up for the launch of the JPS Illustrated Children's Bible , as retold by Frankel and illustrator Avi Katz, set for release next month. The hardbound book collects 53 stories from the Hebrew Bible -- culled from the 1985 JPS translation --...
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