Friday, December 19, 2014 Kislev 27, 5775
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
If it were a TV show, it might be called Extreme Makeover: Synagogue Edition . Society Hill Synagogue will soon begin repairs and renovations to its historic home, thanks to an $80,000 matching grant from the Philadelphia Regional Fund for Sacred Places, a division of Partners for Sacred Places, a nonprofit established in 1989 that provides assistance to congregations occupying...
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Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg, JE Feature
For Adam Kessler, the new director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, filling the shoes of his predecessor, Burt Siegel, who retired in November after 35 years at the helm, won't be an easy task. But Kessler, 49, who assumed the post on Nov. 10, said that he's "really honored to follow in...
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
At this time of year, Rabbi Jon Cutler would ordinarily be preparing to lead Chanukah services at Congregation Tiferes B'nai Israel in Warrington. But this is no ordinary year. Cutler, a military chaplain and commander with the Navy Reserves, is currently stationed in Iraq at Al-Asad Naval Air Base, in western Iraq's Anbar Province. Since January, he has served as...
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Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg, JE Feature
After more than 35 years, Rosenberg's Hebrew Books will be closing the doors of its Jenkintown shop after Chanukah, according to Chaim Rosenberg, a son of the store's founders, who operates the location at 409 Old York Road. Freda and the late Sol Rosenberg started selling Hebrew books in 1954, out of the family home on North Hutchinson Street in...
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
This was one for the record books -- the record book, actually, as Cherry Hill, N.J., shul Temple Sinai fought to reclaim its bragging rights from the University of Maryland. The coveted title? The Guinness World Record for most dreidels spun. The shul claimed the title in 2005 with 541 dreidels (the certificate is framed near the building's entrance) and...
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