Friday, April 18, 2014 Nisan 18, 5774
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Do Conservative Jews need a new, perhaps even jazzier way to pray? Rabbi Steven Wernick, executive vice president of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, apparently thinks so. During his much-anticipated installation speech at the USCJ's biennial gathering, which concluded earlier this week in Cherry Hill, N.J., he called for the immediate creation of a movement-wide task force to tackle...
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As the congregational arm of the Conservative movement continues its structural overhaul -- brought on, in part, by a decline in membership and a $1.3 million budget deficit -- roughly 500 people are expected Sunday for the organization's biennial convention, this year held in Cherry Hill, N.J. Over the past year, the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism has been seeking...
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Coaching? It's about that vision thing -- and wishful thinking
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Rachel Levy Lesser, JE Feature
Oprah has one and now 30 members of Congregation Adath Jeshurun's Sisterhood have one, too -- a "vision board," a collage made of the things that you want to have, be or do in your life. These boards were created as part of an interactive workshop held recently at A.J. led by Jill Magerman, co-founder of Atrio Professional Life Coaches...
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
When the Conservative synagogue Adath Shalom in South Philadelphia closed its doors in 2007, it wasn't for lack of money. The congregation's aging population had dwindled to the point where the synagogue -- which in its heyday had held services three times daily -- could no longer form a minyan, had come to rely primarily on a part-time rabbi and...
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As the financial system teetered on the brink of collapse last fall, Rabbi Jarah Greenfield -- then in her final year of study at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote -- considered the very real possibility that she wouldn't land a job for the following year. Said the 32-year-old: "There was certainly a higher level of anxiety at the outset...
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