Monday, October 20, 2014 Tishri 26, 5775
By:
Jared Shelly, JE Feature
With statistics showing that boys are more likely than girls to significantly decrease Jewish involvement after their Bar Mitzvahs, what can Jewish institutions do to keep young males active in synagogue and communal life? "Forty-seven percent of boys see their Bar Mitzvah as their graduation from Judaism. I don't remember getting a Judaism diploma at my Bar Mitzvah, but that's...
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By:
Rachel Silverman, JE Staff
Ferne Fine acknowledges that she didn't have much of a formal Jewish education. The 72-year-old no longer belongs to a synagogue, and admitted that most of her familiarity with things Jewish came from watching her three children become Bar and Bat Mitzvahs. Still, Fine, a graduate of La Salle University, said she's thirsty for Jewish learning -- and not the...
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Congregation Beth El in Yardley recently honored its small but certain confirmation class. Pictured with Rabbi Jeff Pivo is this year's confirmation class: Amber Schweitzer (left) and Emily Marks.
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By:
Rachel Silverman, JE Feature
Synagogues are built around the idea of organized worship -- the notion that Judaism should be practiced at a central address where activities can be held, congregants can study, a rabbi can lead, and officers can fundraise. Yet Philadelphia's Unstructured Synagogue Havurah shares very few of these elements. Indeed, the group has no dues, no building, no officers and no...
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By:
Ryan Teitman
"I'm a bit of a duck-billed platypus," said Rabbi Steven Greenberg, the author of Wrestling With God & Men: Homosexuality in the Jewish Tradition , as a form of introduction. He then went on to share his personal odyssey as a gay, Orthodox rabbi -- as well as his views on homosexuality and Torah -- to an audience gathered last...
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