Tuesday, May 26, 2015 Sivan 8, 5775

By:
Rita Charleston, JE Feature
Looking back after years of traveling, I realize I've learned something from every trip I've ever taken. Visiting Naples recently is a prime example. A city that bustles with high energy morning, noon and night, almost everything they say about Naples is true -- even its faults. With almost two million inhabitants, Naples is the third largest city in Italy...
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Richard Dreyfuss, Richard Lewis, among those sharing painful pasts
By:
Frank Rosci, JE Feature
The spirit-crushing anguish of addiction and the daunting path to recovery are the soul-searching topics of a new book, Moments of Clarity: Voices From the Front Lines of Addiction and Recovery , by Christopher Kennedy Lawford. In the work, the son of actor Peter Lawford and member of the Kennedy clan relates compelling stories of how he and others --...
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Day-school education embraces community, classroom technology and love of Israel
By:
Amy Purdy, JF Feature
Abrams Hebrew Academy, a 103-year-old community day school in Yardley, Bucks County, combines commitment to community, state-of-the-art classroom technology and love of Israel to create a vibrant academic environment rooted in Jewish tradition. Currently, 280 students attend Abrams from pre-school through eighth grade. Students are nurtured in small classes; each student has equal access to Jewish texts and is taught...
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By:
Fredda Sacharow, JE Feature
" ... Synagogues struggled under heavy financial burdens and mortgage debts, watched their memberships shrink, and were often forced to curtail programs and dismiss personnel. ... [The crisis] threatened both the economic health and substantive role of synagogues." University of Pennsylvania historian Beth S. Wenger was writing about another large city and another financial crisis in her 1996 book, New...
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By:
Fredda Sacharow, JE Feature
Earlier this month, members of Or Hadash: A Reconstructionist Congregation in Fort Washington received a timely letter from their rabbi and other synagogue officials. The letter outlined measures the congregation is adopting to ease worshippers through difficult fiscal times: creating a synagogue-wide job bank, offering a seminar on resources available to those in need and holding a "Nosh With Rabbi...
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