Thursday, July 31, 2014 Av 4, 5774
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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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Shul's out for summer! Well, not quite: For the most part, services at area synagogues continue through July and August uninterrupted; and unlike teachers, rabbis generally don't have their summers off. But that doesn't mean that the warm-weather months don't offer religious leaders a bit of downtime. After all, this is the season when many synagogue activities come to a...
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In the warmer months, it's 'Devotion by the Ocean'
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Carin M. Smilk, JE Feature
It was the kind of day you wish for all winter long -- hot, sunny, with a gentle breeze that dried perspiration just as it started to form on brows and noses. The ocean was as calm and clear as a wading pool, and the weekend crowds hadn't yet begun to fill up Margate, N.J. But instead of relishing the...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
John Harris never had so many people ask him the same exact question: Was Congregation Beth Am Israel getting ready to put a windmill on its roof? The answer was no, said Harris, but the Penn Valley shul is moving its electric power to the greener side of things, ditching regular service for PECO Wind. The program will allow the...
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Once again, locals lament the end of an institutional era
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
Faced with an aging congregation and changing neighborhood demographics, leaders of Beth Emeth-B'nai Yitzhok synagogue were forced over the last decade or so to implement innovative ideas to keep the shul afloat and in its home in the Northeast neighborhood of Oxford Circle. They offered free one-year memberships to all, and even contracted with several cell-phone companies to basically lease...
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