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From Medieval Times to Religious School

The new religious school director at Congregation Beth Or has a truly old-school background. As a longtime professor of medieval literature, Aaron Nielsenshultz never imagined...
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For These Cantors, It’s Not the Same Old Song — Except When It...

An inside look at how three area cantors get ready for the High Holidays. For a cantor, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services are about...
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New Rabbis, New Year, New Messages

By Rachel Kurland and Marissa Stern Every time the calendar page turns to Tishrei, it signals that the time has come to reflect and celebrate...
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Germantown Jewish Centre Gets Itself Into a JAM

Germantown Jewish Centre hosts a fun-filled family-centric Rosh Hashanah-themed celebration. On erev Rosh Hashanah, the youngest members of Germantown Jewish Centre will be learning about...
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Northeast Synagogue Welcomes Rabbi Coming in From the Cold

The new rabbi at Congregation B’nai Israel-Ohev Zedek comes to Philadelphia from New York by way of Edmonton. Like countless other New York City hoop...
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A Long-Delayed Return Home for Synagogue’s New Rabbi

Sherman began his new tenure as rabbi at the self-described “little shul with the big heart” last month and is excited to be returning...
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ALEPH Ordination Programs Welcomes Largest Incoming Class

The Mount Airy-based rabbinical school has its largest incoming class in school history.   California students call in at breakfast. East Coast students sign on during...
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Special Needs, Special Teachers for Jewish Education

A seminar brings together teaching professionals determined to provide quality Jewish education to special needs students for their Bar and Bat Mitzvahs. Just as no...
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Ohev Shalom of Bucks Welcomes New Cantor

Annelise Ocanto has had a busy July. Just four weeks ago, she got married. Soon, she will assume her new position as the new...
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Why is a thriving Boston-area synagogue spending $15 million – to downsize?

A 98-year-old Boston-Area synagogue is spending $15m to downsize despite its growing membership. BROOKLINE, Mass. (JTA) – Times are good for Kehillath Israel, the storied Conservative...