Wednesday, April 23, 2014 Nisan 23, 5774
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Like so many other Chasidim living in the Soviet Union, Baruch Mordechai Lifshits was a target of the authorities from an early age. So, it came as no surprise when the 21-year-old, just newly engaged, found a swarm of KGB agents looking for evidence of his "subversive teachings." They came to his home - displaying a piece of paper indicating...
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Focus on Community
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Zara Myers, JE Feature
For parents with young families, a new program, "Teach Your Children Well," is an opportunity to "strengthen their own Jewish identity and feel comfortable creating Jewish life in their homes," according to Liz Nover, the program's coordinator. "This class was designed to include Jewish parents who are synagogue-affiliated, as well as those who have not yet joined; for Jews by...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
One day, the teachers and staff at Temple Sholom in Broomall noticed that their preschool students were fascinated by the spiders they saw outside during recess. This simple fascination gave the educators an idea. "Our approach is child-centered," explained Andi Lieberman, director of the synagogue's preschool. "We look and observe the interests of the children, and we try to build...
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Thanks to a recent grant, the Camden County Library System will introduce a new program to its schedule - one that will explore Jewish literature and culture. The $1,500 grant, awarded by the American Library Association and NextBook - a project devoted to the promotion of Jewish literature, culture and ideas - will go toward a series of five professionally...
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To the uninitiated, a page of Talmud may appear as little more than a sea of letters - perhaps recognizable as Hebrew characters, a few forming intelligible words, but on the whole a distant text, devoid of any real meaning. That's exactly how the Talmud appeared to Downingtown resident Robert Fischer three years ago. "My language skills are non-existent," states...
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