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  • Where Chabad’s lost boys go to find themselves

    June 9, 2014 | 2:33 pm

    The Bais Menachem Youth Development program in this northeastern Pennsylvania city is no typical Chabad yeshiva.

    The students wear flip-flops and T-shirts, not the typical black-and-white of Hasidic seminaries. In addition to Jewish law and Bible study, the curriculum includes...

  • In fading Pennsylvania city, Jews bet on $11 million hub to save community

    June 3, 2014 | 9:14 am

    There once was a time when the Jewish community in this Pennsylvania city just west of the Pocono Mountains was thriving.

    That much is clear from a quick tour. The sanctuary at the local Orthodox synagogue, Ohav Zedek, seats nearly 1,000. Temple Israel, the Conservative shul, has...

  • The Diaspora may be moving, but it isn’t going away any time soon

    By Joel Kotkin

    November 10, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    When Howard Grossman moved to the northeastern Pennsylvania town of Wilkes-Barre 35 years ago, it was a thriving industrial city with a substantial, long-established Jewish community. Today, anyone who visits Wilkes-Barre cannot help but come away with the impression that this town...
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