Thursday, July 10, 2014 Tammuz 12, 5774

Jordana Jacobs

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Though Jordi Gendra wasn't really raised with any sense of religion, as a young boy growing up in Barcelona, Spain, he didn't eat pork, he lit candles for the deceased and, though he didn't pray, he knew that if he ever were to, he'd have to cover his head. He also knew that what he was - Jewish - had...
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Two area synagogues have welcomed new additions to their bimahs, which amount to new homes for their Torahs. Chabad Lubavitch of Chester County: Jewish Center last week dedicated a brand-new, custom-built aron kodesh , or holy ark, to house its three Torahs. Similarly, a new ark has just been installed at Lubavitch of the Main Line's new building at the...
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Just in time for last weekend's official start of summer, the Auerbach Central Agency for Jewish Education kicked off its first family-oriented Jewish reading club. "Families are spending quality time together during the summer," said Nancy Messinger, ACAJE's director of educational resources. "It's a wonderful time to give attention to things that sort of get put aside for 'when I...
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The length of their experiences may have varied - from just a few months to more than 70 years - but for the more than 70 people gathered in the dining room of Martins Run Senior Life Care Community, they all had one thing in common: They knew how to knit. The women - joined by a couple of men...
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For the past year, Irv Orenstein, a 76-year-old amateur photographer, has been taking groups of five children - students at Spring Garden Elementary School - and each week teaching them a little about photography before letting them loose with some new digital cameras. The Huntingdon Valley resident is a school volunteer who first helped the children with math and reading...
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