Saturday, December 27, 2014 Tevet 5, 5775
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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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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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