Saturday, August 1, 2015 Av 16, 5775
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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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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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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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