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Community Briefs: New Gratz Partnership, Teen Fellow Named, More

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Gratz College and Hartford Seminary announced a partnership that will expand graduate-level theology and chaplaincy course offerings.

Mikveh Israel Has First Women’s Eicha Reading

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This Tisha B’av, Congregation Mikveh Israel observed the fast day differently than it had in previous years. On July 16, women congregants from the synagogue...

Former Temple Gymnastics Coach Talks Olympics

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As a gymnast, Fred Turoff tried to make the U.S. Olympic team in 1968, 1972 and 1976. But injuries to his right knee and...

High Holiday Services Mostly in Person Again

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Area synagogues will reopen for the High Holidays this year after months of mostly virtual services during the pandemic. A sampling of Orthodox, Conservative, Reform...

Author Recounts Harrowing Childhood Tale

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Jewish writer and Chicago resident Ellen Blum Barish grew up in the Philadelphia area, living in Mt. Airy and attending the Germantown Friends School. But...

Survivor, Business Owner Suzy Ressler Dies at 93

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Edith “Suzy” Ressler, who died at 93 on July 3, was a Holocaust survivor, which, of course, is a feat unto itself. But it was...

For Online Dating, Lox Club Tries to ‘Reinvent the Whale’

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Lox Club dating app co-founders Alec Lorraine and Austin Kevitch were on their way to a wedding in Las Vegas last weekend. The pair, childhood...

Community Briefs: Maccabiah Staff, Cemetery Cleanup Postponed

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Philadelphians Jesse Kitzen-Abelson and Evan Eigner were named to the coaching staff of the 21st Maccabiah Games slated for Israel next summer.

Orthodox Rapper to Appear at B’nai Abraham

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B’nai Abraham Chabad Synagogue in Philadelphia’s Society Hill neighborhood will hold its first big post-pandemic event on July 21. As Rabbi Yochonon Goldman put it,...

Israeli Baseball Team Coming to Harrisburg

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Steven Schauder, the executive director of the Jewish Family Service of Greater Harrisburg, called the Israeli National Baseball Team qualifying for the upcoming Summer...