Monday, September 15, 2014 Elul 20, 5774
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As Jews around the world prepared for the latest New Year, members of Congregation Or Ami also welcomed the start of something else: a new educational center. The day before Rosh Hashanah, the synagogue obtained a certificate of occupancy for its new $2.5 million building, which includes 14 classrooms, a library, gift shop, expanded office space and a new youth...
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Newly settled an ocean away from their native lands, immigrants at the turn of the century faced language barriers, culture clashes, and often, a sense of extreme loneliness. But back then, 44 professionals - mostly Philadelphians, and all male - got together to create an organization that would allow Jewish immigrants to socialize and to maintain a sense of their...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
Standing in a grassy synagogue courtyard, Chiquita obviously didn't understand the words coming out of Rabbi Barry Blum's mouth - all of the 3-year-old chihuahua's attention was focused on the treat in the man's hand. "God opens his hand and satisfies every living thing with love and favor," said Blum, who then fed the small dog. Dianne Shames, who brought...
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Jan L. Apple, JE Feature
The beauty and warmth of Shabbat stretched across an entire geographic region when a monthlong community initiative "Let's Celebrate Shabbat Across Bucks County" was observed at 12 area synagogues throughout September. While each participating congregation (Reform, Conservative and Reconstructionist) tailored programming to fit particular needs, the end result yielded what it had intended - the creation of family-oriented activities that...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
Imagine a USO party from the World War II era, with the band on stage playing swing music, uniformed servicemen and women doing the jitterbug, and comedians like Bob Hope giving the troops a few well-needed laughs. Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel will try to recapture the past by throwing an old-fashioned USO Canteen party at 5 p.m. on Nov. 13...
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