Friday, September 30, 2016 Elul 27, 5776

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Tiny hands shoot up as Leslie Maizel selects two volunteers for a role-play exercise at Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El's preschool in Wynnewood. She positions the pretend "Randy" and "Suzy" in the center of their circle with a pile of blocks. They'd be happy to play together, Maizel tells her class of 5-year- olds, but Randy wants to build a castle...
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Elyse Glickman, Jewish Exponent Feature
Among the various childhood rites of passages, many of us will recall a bout of measles as one of them. From a kid's perspective way back when, it did have a plus side -- staying home from school, eating chicken soup and watching cartoons. But the illness is no trivial matter. Recent reports have shown a resurgence nationally of measles,...
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For years, Laurel Klein has been dreaming of opening a combination restaurant, bar and performance space where Jewish young adults could gather to eat, socialize, learn and then "take their Jewishness back home with them." Now, the 31-year-old Philadelphia transplant has a litmus test of whether others want that, too. Klein's proposed "Cafe Olam" is among a handful of startups...
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Fredda Sacharow
Rabbi Lauren Grabelle Herrmann Someone obviously forgot to warn Lauren Grabelle Herrmann how risky it was to start a synagogue from scratch in the first decade of the new century, with members leaving established synagogues in droves and the economy a few short years from tanking. Just as well. The newly minted rabbi might have had second thoughts about launching...
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Fredda Sacharow
Rabbi Albert E. Gabbai Few rabbis lead congregations that rank as “must-see” stops on tourists’ agendas. Fewer still can count Benjamin Franklin among the contributors to their synagogue’s original building fund. For Rabbi Albert E. Gabbai, serving as spiritual leader of Congregation Mikveh Israel, one of the oldest synagogues in the United States and the oldest formal congregation in Philadelphia,...
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