Friday, October 24, 2014 Tishri 30, 5775

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Sitting outside at a crowded West Philadelphia cafe and taking sips from an iced coffee as trolley cars intermittently clattered by along Baltimore Avenue, student Rabbi Lauren Grabelle Herrmann could barely contain her enthusiasm for her adopted neighborhood - and its newest synagogue. "It feels like a city, and you don't have to get in your car to go everywhere...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
An army of construction workers has descended upon Main Line Reform Temple, Beth Elohim - banging hammers, drilling holes and rewiring electricity - as the 45-year-old Wynnewood synagogue undergoes an $8.5 million renovation. The redesigned edifice will add 5,200 square feet of space, including a new 120-seat chapel, an expanded auditorium, a new parlor room and an expanded entryway. The...
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The second-floor balcony of the historic General Wayne Inn appears unsteady. And the porch below - blocked off by chain-link fence and yellow police tape - looks as if it had buckled in the wake of some natural disaster. The Merion Station building that first opened in 1704 is suffering from age and neglect; the property has been vacant since...
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As my ancestors planted before me, so shall I plant for future generations.
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Zara Myers, JE Feature
Some of them were outgoing, with large circles of friends, while others were loners. Some left behind families filled with children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren while others were childless. Though they led disparate lives, 38 individuals who passed away in the Jewish year 5765 also remembered the Jewish community in their wills via the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia by leaving...
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Growing up in Richboro and becoming a Bat Mitzvah at Shir Ami-Bucks County Jewish Congregation, Lisa Pliskin-Ismail never imagined she would one day marry a Sudanese man, in Egypt, with a ceremony conducted by a Muslim cleric and a wedding contract written in Arabic. But six years ago, while living on a Kibbutz outside Haifa, she took a trip to...
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