Wednesday, July 30, 2014 Av 3, 5774

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It's not unusual to see visiting Israelis around town. Last weekend, however, there were 80 of them -- all young Orthodox women from the National Service program, or Sherut Leumi, for observant Jews who opt out of the country's required two-year military service because of religious beliefs.
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Time for some magic, Yossi Elran announced to a full house of students, teachers and parents from three area day schools gathered last week at the Jewish Community Services Building in Center City.
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Susan Perloff | JE Feature
The minute you meet Tricia Fleishman -- the moment her royal blue eyes look into yours -- you know you want her to be your friend, your neighbor or your mom. In your dreams, this generous, trusting, honest woman marries your brother -- or saves your life. Born and raised in Roslyn, N.Y., Tricia married Stanley, a Philadelphia native. Both...
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Jews across the region are invited to take part in a number of public events marking the second annual Global Day of Jewish Learning on Nov. 13.
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Eve Glickman | JE Feature
Around 1966, during her "one last fling" before settling down to marriage, my mother took a big trip to Europe with a detour to Israel to visit friends of relatives residing on a military base near Tel Aviv.
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