Wednesday, July 30, 2014 Av 3, 5774
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Two Philadelphia-area Orthodox congregations are hoping to entice young, observant families to relocate from the New York metropolitan region and help grow their respective communities. Congregation Beth Hamedrosh in Wynnewood and Congregation Sons of Israel in Cherry Hill, N.J., each sent a delegation to the March 27 "Emerging Jewish Communities Home and Job Relocation Fair" at the Grand Hyatt hotel...
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Nine-year-old Leedaar Alon giggled as she lowered a bright light over a metal grasshopper, setting the solar-paneled toy into a nervous skitter. Behind her, other fourth-graders in her class at the Congregations of Shaare Shamayim raced tiny cars using the same "solar" technique. On Sunday, Hebrew lessons took a back seat as the entire religious school rotated through a series...
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Following years of steadily declining membership, Suburban Jewish Community Center B'nai Aaron, a longstanding Conservative synagogue in Havertown, is entering into merger talks with Adath Israel in Merion Station. The decision to enter negotiations came at a Dec. 19 congregational meeting, more than a year after synagogue leaders said it no longer made fiscal sense to hold on to its...
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At least once every election cycle, it seems, there's a flap surrounding a Jewish institution's decision to host or not host a political candidate or group -- invariably stoking partisan passions and raising questions about the role synagogues can or should play in politics. So far in 2010, two such incidents have made waves. Lower Merion Synagogue just canceled a...
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Nitzavim-Vayelech, Deuteronomy 29:9- 31:30
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Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell
For many Americans, Labor Day weekend marks the conclusion of summer. Schoolchildren and college students, teachers and administrators begin a new year with hopes of achievement and growing friendships and excitement about fulfilling projects and dreams. For others of us, September is the beginning for new projects at work, a time of diving back in after vacations and summer schedules...
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