Sunday, July 13, 2014 Tammuz 15, 5774

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Toward the end of her life, 15-year-old Rina Goldberg declared her bedroom to be a no-crying zone. She tried her best to enforce that policy, too, said her father, Ari, director of the Jewish Community High School at Gratz College. "If you're going to cry, leave the room," the Cheltenham teenager once told her grandma. Even as a debilitating disease...
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Work is under way on a new, $28 million, 60-acre Jewish community campus not far from Princeton, N.J. The Matthew and Staci Wilson Jewish Community Campus being built in West Windsor Township, on land that was once a cornfield, is expected to open later this year and will serve families from Bucks County as well. The Delaware River, which divides...
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What would happen if two 20-something Jews were asked to entertain hundreds of restless Ramah campers for an hour on a rain-soaked summer day? As it turned out, it was something like midrash meets Monty Python, with a little bit of Mel thrown in -- Brooks, that is. That's how Andrew Davies and Aaron Friedman -- who both spent the...
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Once a month, Nadine Silber, her husband and two little boys drive all the way from their Bucks County home in Bristol Borough for Saturday morning services at Mishkan Shalom in Philadelphia. The draw: Celebrations! -- an educational workshop tailored for children with disabilities and their families. There are closer synagogues, Silber said, but none of them has programs suitable...
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On a chilly Sunday evening, the main entrance to Beth David Reform Congregation in Gladwyne is dark, the parking lot almost empty. Inside, however, running feet and shrieks of laughter pierce the quiet. A dozen children swarm in and out of a multipurpose room as their parents set dessert on an L-shaped table. "Who wants to read a book?" congregant...
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