Thursday, November 27, 2014 Kislev 5, 5775
By:
Fredda Sacharow
I f you were a Jew in Philadelphia during the latter half of the 19th century, one of an estimated 12,000 members of the tribe, your synagogue of choice was either a Reform or an Orthodox congregation. The Conservative and Reconstructionist movements, the independent minyanim, the popularity of the do-it-yourself brand of chavurot — all remained in the near or...
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By the time the 20th century began to wane, Jews had moved into business realms that there ancestors had never even dreamed about.
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The groundwork was laid for religious life in the city at the start of the 20th century, as these photos attest.
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By:
Kathryn Levy Feldman
F rom generation to generation, Jews have always instructed their children about their religion and history. The three primary institutions where formal American Jewish education takes place — synagogue schools, Jewish day schools and colleges — all have their roots in Philadelphia. While not all of the original institutions are in existence today, their collective and individual histories reflect the...
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The reiligious life of Philadelphia and its environs expanded from mid-20th century on.
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