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Beverly Socher-Lerner and children

After-School Program Rethinks Jewish Enrichment

When Beverly Socher-Lerner founded Makom Community in 2014, she had a plan that was both simple and ambitious: to combine working parents’ needs for...
Andras Szekely

Homeless IDF Vet Finds a Home, at Least for Now

Andras Szekely, the homeless Israel Defense Forces vet, school bus driver and photographer the Jewish Exponent profiled in October, is homeless no more. But the...
Susan Watts plays instruments with Dan Blacksberg and Rob Curto

Yiddish Lives on — With Music and Drink

If there’s one thing Susan Watts can’t stand, it’s the idea that Yiddish, a language estimated to have been spoken by well over 10...
Tristan McIntyre as Plankton, alongside Caitlin Ort as his computer wife

Jewish Cast Members Help Bring ‘Spongebob’ to the Stage

It has to be said: There is nothing to suggest that Spongebob Squarepants, nor any of his friends and foes in Bikini Bottom, are...
Head Chef Henry Morgan at Merkaz

Solomonov and Cook Open Israeli Pita Shop in Center City

Steve Cook and Mike Solomonov — the co-founders of CookNSolo — have expanded their restaurant empire by opening Merkaz (“center” in Hebrew), an Israeli...
Dan O'Neil gives direction to This is the week that is cast members

‘This Is The Week That Is’ Satirizes Through Song

Comedy, like much that feeds us, is a perishable good. Jokes have a shelf life. Sensibilities change, the incisive becomes obtuse, sometimes Donald Trump...
Young children help out at JRA

JRA’s Annual Gala Highlights Kids Who’ve ‘Grown up JRA’

Interested in raising a mensch? The Jewish Relief Agency has just the recipe. Here’s a hint: Mom was onto something with that sharing-is-caring thing. JRA is...
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Local Artists Offer Handmade Crafts for Chanukah

While Black Friday and Cyber Monday may be the first occasions that come to mind when planning holiday shopping, there’s another day wedged in...
Amy Anderson; Inna Gulko and Melissa Garman surrounded by donated gifts

Ways to Volunteer This Chanukah

The thing about doing good for others is that there is an inexhaustible supply of opportunities and, of course, others. Twenty-four hours a day,...
A Shaare Shamayim sign

Shaare Shamayim Faces Challenge Over Longstanding Signs

Heading down Verree Road, cars pass by the Congregations of Shaare Shamayim every day. For people unfamiliar with the synagogue or the area, it’s impossible...