Thursday, March 5, 2015 AdarI 14, 5775

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Rachel Silverman, JE FEature
The rabbi stood at the front of the room, holding a big book. But as he leaned over to read, he didn't begin a sermon or start chanting Hebrew trope. Instead, Rabbi Ira F. Stone of Temple B'nai Zion-B'nai Israel in Center City helped a flock of children sound out a word. "It's a big one," said the rabbi, gazing...
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Israeli teens Oded Rinsky and Shy-li Tal gave up virtually every weekend for the past six months in order to prepare for their summer gig -- touring the United States as "emissaries" of their home country. It's part of a Scouting tradition that stretches back decades, even before the founding of the Jewish state. In fact, it seems like many...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
With statistics showing that boys are more likely than girls to significantly decrease Jewish involvement after their Bar Mitzvahs, what can Jewish institutions do to keep young males active in synagogue and communal life? "Forty-seven percent of boys see their Bar Mitzvah as their graduation from Judaism. I don't remember getting a Judaism diploma at my Bar Mitzvah, but that's...
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Dennis Ross, who served as Mideast envoy in both the George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton administrations, offered a stinging rebuke of American diplomacy in the region during the tenure of President George W. Bush, asserting, among other things, that the current policy is actually accelerating the Iranian drive toward nuclear capability. Ross -- a key player in both the...
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The sidewalk in front of Congregation Beth Hamedrosh in Wynnewood is roped off. The driveway remains a work in progress; large heaps of dirt fill a space set to become a parking lot. In short, the building is still very much a construction site. But the lion's share of the work has been completed, and earlier this month -- after...
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