Monday, September 1, 2014 Elul 6, 5774
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Ryan Teitman
"I joined when it was a tent, and I've been active since," said Edythe Kaplan of her membership at Congregation Melrose B'nai Israel Emanu-El in Melrose Park. The 83-year-old former co-president of the congregation has a simple reason for her long-held devotion to her shul: "It's family." The congregation began its 50th anniversary celebration on Dec. 3 with a concert...
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Who among us isn't mystified by the allure of water? A babbling brook, an ocean wave, a cool pool, a hot shower -- even the fountain in the local mall has a certain appeal. It can give pause to the bustle of everyday life; it can make you stop, stare, even spur you to toss a coin into its midst...
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A New Jersey synagogue has abandoned its plans to build a new home in the Bucks County town of Langhorne, and instead has bought an existing church in nearby Newtown, eschewing a potential, and perhaps lengthy, legal battle in favor of a far less complicated relocation. Congregation Brothers of Israel, a 123-year-old Conservative Congregation in Trenton, N.J., won a zoning...
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In celebration of its 50th anniversary, Temple Sholom in Broomall is creating its own Torah with the help of congregants, young and old. Rabbi Moshe Druin is assisting with the project -- one of many to mark the special year. Photo by Michele Frentrop
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It's an age-old question: What does practicing religion have to do with being a good, ethical person? While working to formulate his own personal theology as a seminary student in the 1970s, Rabbi Ira F. Stone himself struggled with the notion of whether observing Judaism's commandments in itself leads to ethical behavior. "The Judaism I encountered up until that point...
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