Sunday, April 19, 2015 Nisan 30, 5775
The second time has proven to be a charm. Having spent 15 years leading Tiferet Bet Israel in Blue Bell, David Ackerman, 48, left that shul in 2007 for a post at his alma mater, the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. But the school's budget crisis meant some trimming, and he recently began leading Congregation Beth Am Israel in...
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Aaron Passman, JE Staff
Perhaps no one is more surprised to find Peter Rigler at a different synagogue than Rigler himself. Until recently, he was the associate rabbi at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park, but he's now settling into the head post at Temple Sholom in Broomall. "I loved my time at K.I. and had wonderful relationships, and in many ways I...
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Bristol Center Benefits From Student Trio
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Aaron Passman, JE Staff
For Sarah Newmark , being a rabbi "wasn't in the life plan." But as she became more involved with her local Jewish community -- working with the Sisterhood, serving as synagogue president and being active within the Federation system -- "somehow, my avocation and professional work started shifting," she said. Newmark, who's entering her final year at Wyncote's Reconstructionist Rabbinical...
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He's Big on Journeys, but Now He's All Set on Settling Down Jeremy Gerber's parents thought it might be fun to move to Sweden for a few years during the 1970s. They went there on a lark, but something clearly stuck, since Gerber's father has been the cantor at the Great Synagogue of Stockholm for more than three decades now...
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No longer able to draw a minyan on Shabbat -- let alone on weekdays -- Young Israel of Oxford Circle, founded 53 years ago, has decided to close its doors for good, making it the latest Northeast Philadelphia synagogue to fall victim to changing demographics and a worsening economic picture. "Fifty years ago, people never thought that the neighborhood would...
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