Bill Clinton Stumps for Hillary in Main Line

Bill Clinton addresses volunteers in Ardmore, PA campaign office

Bill Clinton addresses volunteers in Ardmore, PA campaign office. Photo: Joel Parlish Photography

Hillary Clinton was busy yesterday preparing for her final debate with Donald Trump (this evening in Las Vegas), but the campaign was far from idle with her surrogates mobilizing voters in swing states (and red states which have turned purple like Arizona and Texas).

Her husband Bill Clinton headlined a rally at Montgomery Community College in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania and then visited campaign offices in Ardmore and Bristol to speak to the volunteers in this swing state who will be key to electing Hillary as the 45th President of the United States.

As rumors spread that Bill Clinton was in town, the Ardmore campaign office at Lancaster and Cricket Avenues was packed shoulder to shoulder in the unseasonable 84° heat. Bill Clinton drew distinctions between his wife’s Stronger Together campaign with Trump’s divisive politics where victory by some can only be had at the expense of others. He lauded his wife’s ability to get bipartisan support for her major initiatives such as the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) which enjoyed the support of about two-thirds of both chambers of Congress.

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Tour de Shuls: Biking around the Jewish Community

Local Congregations Featured Tour Stops in the First Annual Tour de Shuls PA/NJ Bike Ride to Benefit Camp Ramah

— by Leonard Abrams and Bruce Tomar

Middle Atlantic Region of Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs proudly presents the inaugural Tour de Shuls a bike ride to benefit Camp Ramah on Sunday morning, September 23, 2012. Cyclists will enjoy a choice of a 45 mile, 20 mile or family friendly 3 mile ride. All rides begin and end at Temple Sinai in Dresher, PA. The ride will feature tour stops at
Beth Sholom in Elkins Park, PA and Tiferet Bet Israel in Blue Bell, PA. The cost to ride is $36 ($54 after 9/9). Check-in begins at 7:00 AM.

Every dollar raised from rider fees, contributions and sponsorships will be donated directly to Camp Ramah. This will be a great day for the Shuls of the Middle Atlantic Region, the Ramah movement and the Jewish community at large. All participants will be treated to a catered lunch by Temple Sinai Men’s Club’s acclaimed “Men in the Kitchen.”

A similar event is planned for September 2 in Indianapolis to benefit Hillels on eight university campuses across Indiana. On June 24, rides were held in Massachusetts and Connecticut rides to support the Tikvah special needs program at Camp Ramah New England.
Register today to ride, donate, sponsor a rider, sponsor the event and volunteer at www.tourdeshulspanj.org For further information contact event co-chairs Leonard Abrams at leonardabrams@marfjmc.org or 215-498-2566 or Bruce Tomar batomar1@hotmail.com or 856-429-9042.

New Ideas for the New Year at KI


Kenneseth Israel Launches E-Learning Hebrew Program for Elementary School Students.

BLUE BELL — Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel (KI) Blue Bell is marking both the Jewish New Year and the new start of the school year by introducing an initiative that will take learning to the next level. KI’s e-Learning Hebrew program is one of the area’s first online programs for elementary age religious school students.  Combining both in-class and online instruction, students will acquire a broader understanding and appreciation of Hebrew and their heritage.  Enrollment for the program is now in progress.

According to Rabbi Kevin Kleinman,

“We are very excited about the launch of this program, which will supplement KI’s one-day-a-week classroom program. By meeting with their instructors and peers in a classroom once each week, and then connecting with their teachers from home for Hebrew e-learning, students can include their families in the learning process as they explore and interpret prayers and study Hebrew.”

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Virtual Learning – Not Your Parent’s Hebrew School

KI’s new Hebrew e-learning curriculum combines traditional classroom instruction with an exciting new platform that allows elementary school-aged students to gain a greater appreciation for Tefillah (Jewish prayers) by using technology to interpret and explore their meanings and significance.

The core components of the e-Learning Hebrew Program include:

  • Required weekly Skype sessions with the student and his/her Hebrew teacher
  • Online projects that encourage students to demonstrate their mastery of concepts using video, glogs (digital posters) and multi-media presentations.
  • The virtual Tefillah created by students and their families will be saved to enhance communal worship and the child’s B’nai Mitzvah project.
  • Access to innovative technologies to enhance conversational Hebrew skills in fun and creative ways.

Rabbi Kleinman emphasizes,

“We are treading on new ground, but we believe the program will contribute greatly to the learning experience as well as draw students and their families together as they embark on this adventure in learning.”

About KI Blue Bell

Keneseth Israel was founded in 1847 to meet the needs of the growing Jewish population in the Philadelphia area. Over the next 158 years the congregation grew and its members spread out over Montgomery County. Due to the migration of members to the Blue Bell area, KI opened a second campus in Blue Bell in 2005. The congregation currently leases space from St. John Lutheran Church at 1802 Skippack Pike, Blue Bell. KI-Blue Bell offers monthly family-friendly Shabbat services, an engaging religious school accredited by the Reform Movement’s National Association of Temple Educators, and enriching educational and social programs.  

For information on enrolling in KI Religious School or participating in any of the many upcoming family events at KI Blue Bell, call 215-887-8700 or visit our website.