Monday, December 5, 2016 Kislev 5, 5777

Richard Dreyfuss, Richard Lewis, among those sharing painful pasts
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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
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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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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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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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First in an Ongoing Series At the age of 53, Jay Blum is starting over. For 30 years, the father of two grown children sold print ads for publications like Philadelphia Magazine and The Northeast Times. But in December, Blum's most recent employer, The News Gleaner, a community paper that covered the Northeast, shut down. For the first time since...
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