Wednesday, July 30, 2014 Av 3, 5774
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For the leaders of Temple Brith Achim, a 275-family Reform congregation in King of Prussia, scrapping membership dues two years ago in favor of a pay-what-you-wish approach was a bit like stepping off a cliff. But after overhauling how members fund the entire synagogue operation -- in part, by trading the word "dues" for the more altruistic-sounding term "gift" --...
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These days, every business that seeks a viable future is being forced to rethink its ways. The same is true of our Jewish institutions in general, and our synagogues -- once the pillar of Jewish American life -- in particular. Which is why the Jewish Learning Venture should be applauded for launching a series of programs for synagogue lay and...
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Members of Temple Judea of Bucks County are hoping that by next year at this time, they will have a brand new home.
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Just outside the entrance to Mikveh Israel's sanctuary, a display case houses replicas of letters to the historic congregation from three American presidents: George Washington in 1790, Abraham Lincoln in 1862 and Franklin D. Roosevelt, who in 1940 offered congratulations on the shul's 200th anniversary. These days, though, the focus at the Old City, Sephardi congregation that sits on Independence...
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Kehilat HaNahar, the Little Shul by the River in New Hope, had, until recently, known only one rabbi. Sandy Roth founded the synagogue in 1994 while still a student at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote, and watched the community grow from a few families to a thriving congregation. She died in March, three years after being diagnosed with lung...
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