Sunday, July 13, 2014 Tammuz 15, 5774

It can be a daunting task, even in these enlightened times
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Rita Charleston, JE Feature
As Emma (not her real name), one of my closest relatives, sat in bed preparing to spend another pain-filled day wondering what was wrong with her, she couldn't help but ask herself why so many doctors failed to diagnose her problem. "I think the thing that amazed me the most was that when I tried to explain my condition --...
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The amount of money that Americans spend on prescription drugs is more than five times higher today than it was in 1990, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation study. As many struggle to meet the steep price of medications, particularly in a tough economy, the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants offers these tips to help you more easily afford...
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With two major Jewish agencies in the area planning to merge, the question becomes: Will it be a perfect match or simply a marriage of convenience? Leaders of both the Auerbach Central Agency for Jewish Education and the Jewish Outreach Partnership -- currently situated in adjacent buildings on the Mandell Education Campus in Melrose Park -- are certainly banking on...
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With donations down, what will happen to various groups, programs and services?
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Before the financial crisis hit, all signs pointed upward for Moving Traditions. The national organization -- founded four years ago and based in Jenkintown -- fosters Jewish identity through the lens of gender. It had expanded its signature program, "Rosh Hodesh: It's a Girl Thing!," far beyond its local roots, establishing groups throughout the country. And donors appeared willing to...
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Lauren Kramer, JE Feature
Jewish law is pretty clear on the matter of human remains: If you're a Kohen, you don't go anywhere near the deceased. If you're not a Kohen, then a visit to the cemetery is no problem. But exploring an ancient burial cave filled with skeletal remains -- just for the thrill of it? Not so kosher! Still, I couldn't resist...
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