Friday, December 19, 2014 Kislev 27, 5775
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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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Jared Shelly, Jewish Exponent Feature
For the congregants and staff at Germantown Jewish Centre, the past six months have been challenging, to say the least. Since a fire back in January -- which was eventually ruled an arson, and destroyed a preschool classroom and left nearby areas smoke-damaged -- the Mount Airy synagogue has faced several challenges, the latest of which is a flooded sanctuary...
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Slightly more than a year after Congregation Brothers of Israel traded an urban New Jersey address for a suburban one in Pennsylvania, the Conservative congregation has celebrated its 125th anniversary with a gala dinner. The major milestone, reached last month, presented an opportunity for members to look back at its long history in Trenton and consider its future in Newtown,...
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