Tuesday, July 29, 2014 Av 2, 5774
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Ryan Teitman
"I joined when it was a tent, and I've been active since," said Edythe Kaplan of her membership at Congregation Melrose B'nai Israel Emanu-El in Melrose Park. The 83-year-old former co-president of the congregation has a simple reason for her long-held devotion to her shul: "It's family." The congregation began its 50th anniversary celebration on Dec. 3 with a concert...
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Steve Hofstetter, JE Feature
I imagine it's much more difficult to be a Jew on Christmas than it is to be a Christian on Chanukah. You don't find many Chanukah specials about families getting stranded in an airport learning the true meaning of the menorah. But if there were a lot of Chanukah specials, I'd be just as annoyed at those as I am...
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As Jews prepared to kindle the first lights of Chanukah and commemorate the Maccabees' capture and rededication of the holy Temple in Jerusalem more than 2,000 years ago, an Israeli archaeologist shared his passion for unlocking the Temple Mount's long and complicated history. "We are discovering, every day, new things," said Dan Bahat, who for more than 20 years has...
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For 10 full seconds, the social hall at the Congregations of Shaare Shamayim in Northeast Philadelphia fell silent, even though hundreds of people were in the midst of celebrating at an otherwise raucous Chanukah party. The hush from the crowd came as participants lay on the floor and leaned over tables, simultaneously spinning dreidels, hoping to break the world record...
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The Shir Joy Children's Choir at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, with help from Rabbi Lance J. Sussman and his wife, Liz, sang Chanukah songs to entertain the 300 Federation Housing Inc. residents who came to enjoy a festive meal organized by K.I.'s "Sharing Is Caring" Committee.
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