Monday, July 28, 2014 Av 1, 5774

Have yourself a diverse and inclusive holiday, say those who celebrate both
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
The Kesack home in Maple Glen is adorned with a 5-foot-high menorah, dreidels and various other Chanukah paraphernalia. Some of it even hangs along with snowmen and lights on the Christmas tree in the middle of the family's living room. "We do Chanukah, and we do the commercial aspects of Christmas," said Andrea Kesack, who is raising her three young...
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Penn Valley native Jeremy Stadlin, who often goes by his Hebrew name Pesach, is crisscrossing the country in a school bus that's fueled by vegetable oil, but he's not exactly vegging out. The 31-year-old, along with four other staff members of the Teva Learning Center -- a New York-based organization devoted to Jewish environmental education -- is hoping their tour...
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Elyse Glickman, JE Feature
When many Jews think of the Gold Rush, one thing that often comes to mind is Levi Strauss and his watershed invention -- blue jeans. While his fortune is forever associated with San Francisco, it is important to note there were other Jews who traveled west to find gold, but ended up prospering in other ways. Back in 1978, the...
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Daphna Berman, JE Feature
Randee Tecklin attended each of the christening ceremonies for her three grandchildren and has since watched as they've celebrated Christmas and Easter year in and year out. This Friday, she's taking them to a Chanukah party, but navigating the holidays with family -- her daughter-in-law isn't Jewish -- has always been fraught with difficulty. "It's a thin-ice experience," says Tecklin,...
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And it wasn't for good behavior: Battling materialism at the holidays
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​Lauren Kramer, JE Feature
We've all heard it before -- the "Mom-I-really-need-this" plea from our children. What exactly "this" is varies with age and influence, and sometimes, it really is a legitimate need. Yet more often than not, it's something that will occupy them briefly before being discarded in favor of a newer, more urgently coveted item. Materialism has become the scourge of American...
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