Monday, May 4, 2015 Iyyar 15, 5775
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When Congregation Beth El moved north from Levittown to Yardley eight years ago - and then erected a new sanctuary and Hebrew school - it knew that it was just the first step in the process of building a communal home. After nearly a decade at their 15-acre site, the Conservative synagogue is ready to start construction on phase two...
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Biblical gardens: A picture of the past in present-day settings
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Pittsburgh’s Shadyside section is no oasis. Its Victorian era-inspired homesteads and mansions may provide a welcome respite from the city’s more urban style of architecture, but the cacophony of traffic speeding along the Fifth Avenue thoroughfare is a reminder that the Western Pennsylvania metropolis is home to nearly 2 million people. But at the intersection of Devonshire Street and Fifth...
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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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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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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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