Wednesday, October 1, 2014 Tishri 7, 5775
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Jewish Exponent Staff
Rabbi Julie Greenberg's 18-year-old son Raffi had an usual request for his milestone birthday: The Yale University freshman asked for a collection of his mother's sermons. Greenberg -- religious leader for the past seven years at Congregation Leyv Ha-Ir "Heart of the City," a Reconstructionist Synagogue -- hadn't exactly kept past sermons in a neat file, virtual or otherwise, and...
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Aaron Passman
Growing up in the San Francisco Bay area, Joshua Kalev had an unusual pastime. "As a child, I used to arrange my stuffed animals as a congregation and lead services for them," he said. "I was always in awe of my rabbi and what he got to do." Kalev, who now leads Tiferet Bet Israel in Blue Bell, said he'd...
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Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg, JE Feature
Over the years, Rabbi Pinchas Klein has fought for causes and issues that he's considered important. First, there was Soviet Jewry, then he spoke out against the Cambodian genocide. And then, in April 2007, Klein strove to heighten awareness of the existential threat that Iran posed to Israel. He joined 21 other rabbis in protest outside the United Nations. The...
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Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg, JE Feature
Lauren Brody-Hyett and Samantha Safran have quite a few things in common: Both are rabbinical students at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote (Brody-Hyett is in her fifth year; Safran in her third) and both have known since they were young that they wanted to be rabbis. Together, though they're not yet ordained, they will share the role of spiritual...
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Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg, JE Feature
On Sunday, Sept. 21, sunny skies and a mild breeze greeted the more than 70 people who'd gathered on the front lawn of Beth Sholom Congregation to honor the historic structure that towered behind them -- the Mt. Sinai-inspired synagogue designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright -- which has been recognized with a state historic marker. Just before noon,...
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