Tuesday, October 21, 2014 Tishri 27, 5775
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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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In the 10 years since she married a Jewish man, Kari Kohn has learned a thing or two about synagogues -- how some can make her feel alienated and others can make her feel welcome. One cue about a synagogue's vibe is how members react when she reveals she's not Jewish, said Kohn, who was raised a Presbyterian. Do they...
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Congregation Melrose B'nai Israel Emanu-El in Cheltenham has two signs out front. One says the 51-year-old building is up for sale. The other reads: "We're moving." The leadership wants to send the message: "We're not closing." At its annual meeting in May, the congregation that calls it-self "The Little Shul With a Big Heart" approved renting space at Reform Congregation...
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When William Jaird Levitt first established Levittown, Pa., in the 1950s, he set aside land to house schools, churches and synagogues. More than five decades later, the only remaining Jewish house of worship in the planned community is poised to close its doors. Temple Shalom recently signed an agreement of sale with Easter Seals of Southeastern Pennsylvania, a nonprofit organization...
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