Tuesday, September 2, 2014 Elul 7, 5774
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
Some very little feet have begun roaming the halls of Congregation B'nai Jacob in Chester County. The synagogue recently opened its doors to the K'tonton School for Young Children at Phoenixville, operated by Federation Early Learning Services, which began a year-round preschool there just last month for children ages 2 to 5. Priding itself on a less regimented environment, the...
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Throughout his naval career, Uriah P. Levy faced six court-marshals for verbal and physical flare-ups with fellow officers resulting from anti-Semitic insults. At one point, he was even stripped of his Naval commission. But now the name of Levy - who was born in Philadelphia in 1792, and became the first Jew to achieve the rank of commodore - has...
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A Chester County Reform congregation that has multiplied from 12 to 150 families in a little more than a decade, has worshiped in a bunch of different places: congregants' private homes, on the grounds of West Chester University, even in a historic barn owned by a Lutheran Church, carting prayerbooks and Torah scrolls from place to place. Now, nearly two...
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It's a story many synagogues know all too well: Changing demographics and a migrating Jewish community cause rabbis, administrators, board members and everyone else concerned with the longevity of a religious institution to rethink its location, location, location. Congregation Beth El in Cherry Hill, N.J., began this dialogue a decade ago. Located on the West side of the city -...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
Growing up in Monroeville, Ala., Rabbi Jim Egolf and his family routinely drove for an hour-and-a-half to reach their Reform synagogue in Pensacola, Fla., just so young Jim could attend services and religious school. Even as a young boy, Egolf realized that being one of the only kids from a minority religion was a statement of his identity in the...
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