Tuesday, September 2, 2014 Elul 7, 5774

Scribe Jen Taylor Friedman (right) from New York came to Beth David Reform Congregation in Gladwyne on Sunday to examine and restore sacred documents. Assisting her with the work are Marty and Susan Weinberg. Photo by Michele Frentrop
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Rabbi Alan J. Iser of Congregation Or Shalom recites Kaddish after completing the burial of worn-out prayerbooks at Haym Salomon Memorial Park in Frazer. In keeping with ancient Jewish tradition, the service was similar to that of burying a person who used the sacred texts themselves, with psalms, readings and even a eulogy offered by the rabbi.
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By:
Jared Shelly, JE Feature
Amid the quaint shops and restaurants that New Hope is famous for, a synagogue has carved a little place for itself in the town's unique landscape. Back in May of 1994, Kehilat HaNahar, The Little Shul by the River, held its first services with about 12 people in attendance and no permanent meeting place. In the last 13 years, however,...
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Congregation Beth El in Yardley recently honored its small but certain confirmation class. Pictured with Rabbi Jeff Pivo is this year's confirmation class: Amber Schweitzer (left) and Emily Marks.
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The growing modernization of Bedouin culture in Israel
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Carin M. Smilk, JE Feature
At first glance, Um Batin seems almost familiar. It's as if you've glimpsed something like it before, in a TV docudrama, on the glossy pages of National Geographic, as part of a news clip on CNN. It's part Middle Eastern, part African. It's part dust bowl, part fledgling village. It speaks of poverty, though there's a gentle mood to the...
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