Thursday, October 30, 2014 Heshvan 6, 5775
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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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Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg, JE Feature
Rabbi Anna Boswell-Levy had a pretty full summer: She got married in August, and then she and her husband, Josh, an attorney, moved from Pittsburgh to Langhorne, so she could assume the position of spiritual leader at Tzedek v'Shalom, a Reconstructionist congregation in Newtown, Bucks County. In addition to her pulpit duties, Boswell-Levy, 32, will also serve as religious school...
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
One of the founding members of Kol Tzedek in West Philadelphia can add another superlative to her list of personal accomplishments: head rabbi. The young synagogue's young rabbi, Lauren Grabelle Herrmann, helped found the shul in 2004, while still a student at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote. "When we started the synagogue I introduced myself as a rabbinical student,...
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
There's a new face at Temple Sholom in Broomall, but she's no rookie. Rabbi Reena Spicehandler is currently serving as interim rabbi for the Delaware County shul -- a position she's held at four other synagogues over the past seven years, including ones in Doylestown and King of Prussia. Rather than seeking out a traditional permanent rabbinic position, she's found...
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Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg, JE Feature
The synagogue at Eastern State Penitentiary, which fell into ruin and was forgotten about when the prison was abandoned in the 1970s, is well on the road to full restoration. The project, which began this past spring, is more than halfway complete, reported Sally Elk, executive director of the historic prison, located at 22nd Street and Fairmount Avenue. "It's really...
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