Friday, March 6, 2015 AdarI 15, 5775
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Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg, JE Staff
Northeast Philadelphia -- once a stronghold of the Philadelphia Jewish community -- has said farewell to yet another synagogue: After 113 years, Adath Zion Congregation has closed its doors and merged with Congregation Ner Zedek-Ezrath Israel-Beth Uziel on Bustleton Avenue, in the Rhawnhurst section of the city. Adath Zion president Neil Schmerling said there were several reasons why it was...
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Outside Beth Sholom Congregation in Elkins Park, a sign roots for the home team, as it prepares to take on Tampa Bay in the World Series. Photo by Joanna Lightner
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Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg, JE Feature
On Friday, Sept. 5, Shalom Zachmy, the ritual director of Beth Sholom Congregation in Elkins Park, began preparing the Torah scrolls for the first Bat Mitzvah service of the new season, when he noticed that a substantial number of the silver adornments were missing from the arks in the main and sisterhood sanctuaries, as well as from the chapel. The...
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For years, Cheltenham resident Larry Angert attended services practically every Shabbat, and found joy in the music and rituals, even as he struggled with the theological content of the liturgy. The 57-year-old grew up in the Conservative movement, tutored Bar Mitzvah students and sent his daughter to Jewish day school. But, roughly 13 years ago, Angert said he came to...
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Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg, JE Feature
In 2005, Harris Bookfor, a disaster-relief volunteer for the American Red Cross, flew to Florida to assist in the wake of Hurricane Wilma's destruction. Since then, he's assisted when other, more-local disasters have struck, like the recent, massive Conshohocken apartment-house fire. So when Hurricane Ike struck the Gulf Coast in September, the Plymouth Meeting resident said he was once again...
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