Sunday, February 1, 2015 Shevat 12, 5775
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No longer able to draw a minyan on Shabbat -- let alone on weekdays -- Young Israel of Oxford Circle, founded 53 years ago, has decided to close its doors for good, making it the latest Northeast Philadelphia synagogue to fall victim to changing demographics and a worsening economic picture. "Fifty years ago, people never thought that the neighborhood would...
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Newsweek named Germantown Jewish Centre one of the 25 most vibrant synagogues in the nation, describing it as a "model for pluralistic and egalitarian worship and community." The list (at www.newsweek.com ) was compiled by Michael Lynton, chairman & CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment; Gary Ginsberg, executive vice president of News Corporation; and Jay Sanderson, CEO of Jewish Television Network...
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Gail Shister, JE Feature
Jonathan Gilad, 24, works on Capitol Hill, studied at yeshiva in Israel, attends Orthodox services at least twice a week and has never tasted a cheeseburger. Cornell freshman Annie Bass, 18, prays throughout the day -- including before and after meals -- and is known around campus as "the girl in the kippot." Matt Feczko, 21, a junior at the...
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African-American shul dedicates new scroll
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
At the start of the ceremony dedicating the congregation's new Sefer Torah, Rabbi Debra Bowen of Congregation Temple Beth'El in Philadelphia summed up the situation: "I'm beside myself, as are most of Congregation Temple Beth'El," she said. "We've been unable to sleep, unable to eat -- and our medical personnel have told us that we have 'Torah fever.' " When...
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
Call it the fifth question: Why is this holiday so much more expensive than all other holidays? In the aisles at the Genuardi's Family Market in Wynnewood, 35-year-old Ellen Novick's shopping cart was stocked with kosher-for-Passover standards such as cooking wine, matzah-ball soup mix, cheeses, and cake and brownie mixes. "I tried to look at all the flyers and see...
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