Sunday, July 13, 2014 Tammuz 15, 5774

Zara Myers

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What did a group of 75 staff and volunteers from 10 synagogues do after successfully holding a number of crowd-drawing, people-connecting Synaplex™ Shabbats during the year? They came together to "Celebrate Synaplex™ Philadelphia" - along with synagogue members interested in holding such services in the future, at Congregation Beth Or in Maple Glen on May 17. The event was sponsored...
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"Israel in Our Hearts" was a celebration that reached for the sky, beginning with 58 shofar-blowers, ages 5 to 75, who came together from throughout the Greater Philadelphia area to open the local celebration of the Jewish homeland's 58 years of independence. Approximately 7,000 people attended. "It was a great Jewish shout-out," said Rabbi David Gutterman, director of the Vaad:...
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Rose Fickler, 87, who worked in the retail and wholesale clothing business with her late husband, Isadore Fickler, died on April 29. Born Rose Kaplan, she was a lifelong Philadelphian who lived above her parents' general store at 22nd and South streets. She started her retail career selling ribbons as a young child. She worked for Fishman and Tobin, a...
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Tax accountants, like Andy Cherry, help keep their clients' books balanced. On his first trip to Israel in March with the Renaissance Group of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, he said he found another kind of balance - "of learning, experiencing, connecting and having fun." Cherry co-chaired the 20-member Renaissance contingent with Ken Greenberg and Andrew Krouk; each person...
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Celebrating Israel in style
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While the Philadelphia Jewish Community has a long tradition of celebrating Yom Ha'atzmaut - Israel Independence Day - the event's scope and participation has grown exponentially since its first anniversary was celebrated locally at the Broadwood Hotel in 1949. An article in the May 6, 1949 Jewish Exponent noted that it was attended by Jewish leaders such as Samuel Daroff,...
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