Friday, July 11, 2014 Tammuz 13, 5774
Sandra Berman (left) and Fran Beresid-Andrepont are members of Temple Beth Israel in Gadsden, Ala., which has a small congregation and a rabbi who flies in from Atlanta once a month to lead services. Congregants hope to fill the pews with unaffiliated Jews during Yom Kippur and the holidays that follow it. RNS Photo/Reuters
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Rachel Silverman, JE Feature
As a congregational rabbi, Peter Rigler of Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park admitted that he doesn't get too many opportunities to talk one on one with teens about Judaism. Those conversations, he said, tend to evolve in settings that are somewhat out of the ordinary -- like wandering through an old Jewish neighborhood in the Czech Republic, for...
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The Tikkun Olam Committee of Congregation Tiferes B'nai Israel in Warrington collected school supplies and a gift card for donation to "A Woman's Place" in Bucks County. Pictured is Stu Rosenthal delivering some of the supplies that will go to help children who have been displaced from their homes due to domestic violence.
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Rabbi Linda Holtzman, the new religious leader of Mishkan Shalom, a Reconstructionist congregation in Roxborough, wasn't exactly a stranger to the community before she started work there last month. In fact, four years ago, Holtzman -- or Rabbi Linda, as most congregants call her -- actually served as interim rabbi while the synagogue searched for a permanent religious leader. And...
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A handful of Hebrew books sat haphazardly on the mostly empty shelves. No family photos adorned the walls or rested on the desk in Rabbi Avraham Shmidman's new office in Lower Merion Synagogue. He's got plenty of each to choose from; there just hasn't been much time for office decorating. On Aug. 6, Shmidman and his family moved to the...
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