Friday, July 29, 2016 Tammuz 23, 5776
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Sitting in Moish & Itsy's Deli-Restaurant in Newtown back in the spring, Rabbi Emily Losben-Ostrov, originally of Bucks County, was having a hard time explaining to her parents, Steve and Andrea Losben, the concept of Silly Bandz. (For the record, they are the thin, colorful rubber bracelets that take a variety of shapes and have become popular among elementary-school kids.)...
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Passing on the reins of a key community-building program
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The Kehillot, the seven community-building entities throughout the region that stage Jewish festivals, adult learning sessions, soccer leagues, children's storytelling and Israeli Independence Day events, is about to come under new management. The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, which created and for years ran the network, is turning over the program to the Auerbach Central Agency for Jewish Education/ Jewish...
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Adam Bell, JE Feature
It doesn't take much to find a headline these days regarding ethical problems in the business world. Concerns over activities from the likes of Bernie Madoff, AIG, Goldman Sachs and BP remain all too familiar. But for two years now, a student-initiated movement is trying to counter some of that news and provide business-school students with their own moral framework...
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
While many of his peers were heading to traditional spring-break venues in Florida, 20-year-old Jacob Arem wasn't having any of that. Sure, he was looking for some sand and sun, but he was focusing on something a bit more off the beaten path. Hello, Syria. The Akiba Hebrew Academy graduate and Cornell University senior said that despite some initial fears...
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What do a Chabad rabbi from Delaware, the director of congregational learning at a Conservative shul in Baltimore and the education director of a Reform synagogue in Abington have in common? They're all full-time Jewish communal professionals working toward doctorates in Jewish education at Gratz College in Melrose Park. The program, now entering its fourth year, has 15 students, who...
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