Sunday, September 21, 2014 Elul 26, 5774
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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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Not a synagogue member? Don't have High Holiday tickets? Don't feel like shelling out money for admittance to services? Truth be told, free options locally for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are not very plentiful. But they're out there if you know where to look. In addition to the region's Chabad Lubavitch houses -- which request, but don't require, a...
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
For Rabbi Eric Yanoff, joining Conservative synagogue Adath Israel in Merion Station wasn't just about finding a new spiritual home, it was a literal homecoming. The 34-year-old was previously a rabbi at Shaarey Zedek -- with facilities in both West Bloomfield and Southfield, Mich. -- but he grew up in Dresher and graduated from Upper Dublin High School. "When this...
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Just a few months ago, InterFaithways seemed like the next big thing. The one outlet in the region devoted exclusively to helping interfaith families feel more welcome in the community had secured prior funding from the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia. With the release of the 2009 "Jewish Population Study of Greater Philadelphia" -- and its startling statistics on intermarriage...
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