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Ritual Life

Eli Gabay and Rabbi Albert Gabbai look at Mikveh Israel Cemetery

Congregation Mikveh Israel Fundraises to Repair Historic Cemetery

Rabbi Albert Gabbai looked out onto the field of tombstones at Mikveh Israel Cemetery at Ninth and Spruce streets. At his feet was the...

Grad Network Initiative Supports Shabbat

Soon after the Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha shooting, Lyssia Katan and a dozen of her friends gathered around a Shabbat dinner of challah, stuffed...

Wilmington Synagogue Leaving Longtime Home

Feb. 3 was a day for memories, emotion and a look toward the future for Adas Kodesch Shel Emeth of Wilmington, Del. The synagogue, which...

Rabbanit to Launch South Philadelphia Shtiebel

Rabbanit Hadas “Dasi” Fruchter has figured out why she’s moving to Philadelphia this summer, and that reason is the South Philadelphia Shtiebel. Fruchter, the Orthodox...

Plans for Center City Mikvah Move Forward

When asked how long the Mai Shalva-Center City Community Mikvah has been in the works, Rabbi Menachem Schmidt’s answer is simple. “Oy,” he said. “That...

Lifelong Educator Teaching Judaism at 90

It’s been 15 years since Sara Cohen retired from her position as educational director at Har Zion Temple, but her love of teaching and...

Philly Community Finds Unity After Pittsburgh Shooting

On the first Shabbat since the deadliest attack on Jews in United States history, Bryan Leib went to synagogue. He went to Temple Beth...

Women, Girls Connect at Pink Challah Bake

Young girls with pink aprons down to their feet frolicked around the room, while women of all ages exchanged greetings and schmoozed. Some wore...

Families Find Special Meaning Having B’nai Mitzvahs in Israel

From her side of the mechitza at the Kotel, Shaindy Lindenberg was able to get a good view of her son reading from the...

My Twin Brother and I: The Story of Our B’nai Mitzvah

I have a picture of my twin brother on my desk. It’s from a school photo day. Sitting in front of a navy blue...