Monday, March 2, 2015 AdarI 11, 5775
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Though it's the youngest and smallest (in numbers) of the four branches of organized Judaism, the Reconstructionist movement is maintaining a steady growth in membership. The Elkins Park-based Jewish Reconstructionist Federation just approved the applications of three new congregations - Kol Tzedek in West Philadelphia; Or Zarua in West Berkeley, Calif.; and Shir Hadash in St. Louis - at a...
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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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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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Mother Nature may have dusted the area with the season's first coating of snow, but the members of Congregation Beth El in Yardley pressed forward with the job at hand: breaking ground for expansion. As part of the second phase of its renovation, the synagogue hosted a ceremonial groundbreaking for its new social hall and sanctuary. The addition will feature...
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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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