Wednesday, October 1, 2014 Tishri 7, 5775
Synagogues seek innovative ways to keep teenagers on board
What makes Maya Rosenberg different from many other 13-year-olds is that she likes to learn -- about Judaism. "Torah stories. Holidays. Jewish customs." Rosenberg lists things that she's looking forward to exploring when she enrolls in her first year of Hebrew high school this fall at Har Zion Temple, a Conservative congregation in Penn Valley. She became a Bat Mitzvah...
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Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg, Staff Writer
Influential spiritual leader Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi explained that, as he approached his 60th year, there came a moment that he wasn't expecting and wasn't ready for: feeling an achiness all over his body -- a "cumulative tiredness." At some point, he related at a recent program, "you have to come to terms with your own mortality," and listen to your...
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There's no arguing that the girls debate team at Torah Academy of Greater Philadelphia has come a long way in a relatively short time. Only in its second full season, it has amassed an impressive string of victories against educational institutions with larger student bodies and more established debating traditions. The eight-member squad recently placed first in a regional competition...
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Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg, JE Feature
In March 2005, as Joshua Waxman prepared for his first Purim as rabbi of Or Hadash: A Reconstructionist Congregation in Fort Washington, he asked: "Where is the Megillah?" That's when he said he was told the following: The congregation didn't have one. A Megillah, the Scroll of Esther, contains the ancient tale of the Jewish maiden who rescued her people...
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At a recent Saint Joseph's University event -- one which was supposed to examine Israel's 60th anniversary from the perspective of Catholic-Jewish relations -- the two participants actually spent a good part of the time discussing Islam, especially the struggle in the Muslim world between religious moderates and those extremists now calling for a jihad against the West. The Jewish...
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