Tuesday, November 25, 2014 Kislev 3, 5775
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When Rabbi Julius Meles moved to Northeast Philadelphia to help launch Young Israel of Oxford Circle in 1954, the brand-new congregation couldn't afford to pay his salary. So, Meles decided, for practical reasons, to go into the glass business with his brother, installing windows and following in the footsteps of their father, who did similar work in Pruzsana, Poland. But...
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Synagogues sponsor programs that teach the basics to all
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Fredda Sacharow, Jewish Exponent Feature
When Benjamin Sacks steps up to the bimah for his Bar Mitzvah in 2016, he and his family plan to use the blue yad -- or Torah pointer -- the 6-year-old made with modeling clay during a recent hands-on workshop. For now, the pointer -- adorned with bubbles, lightning strikes and rockets -- occupies pride of place in the Sacks...
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Yonah Gross celebrated a birthday last week, but he hasn't told many of his new congregants just how old that makes him. "I am 29. It's a little bit of a secret. In Orthodox circles, it's kind of young to be the rabbi of a shul," said the boyish-looking rabbi. Last month, the father of two became just the second...
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Congregation Beth Or, in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia's Kehillah of Bux-Mont, will host a free "Eco-Expo" on Sunday, Jan. 31, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the synagogue, at 239 Welsh Road in Maple Glen. Lisa Brown, one of the coordinators of this inaugural event, emphasized that while the expo coincides with the Jewish holiday...
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After recently spending $10,000 for renovations and upkeep, supporters of the Joseph and Martha Melohn Bucks County Mikvah in Bensalem thought they were in the clear for a time. But a recent notification from the local water department left members of the mikvah -- as well as the synagogue with which its affiliated -- feeling like they'd been sunk in...
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