Thursday, October 2, 2014 Tishri 8, 5775
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Ryan Teitman
The congregation of Main Line Reform Temple, Beth Elohim learned a crucial lesson during the course of its $8.5 million renovation project: Sometimes, small projects can grow. And grow. And grow. "We ended up actually renovating the entire facility in one way or another," explained Rabbi David Straus. What started out as a project much smaller in scope eventually touched...
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Ryan Teitman
Several kids in the aisles began to dance -- in the way only children can -- with a wonderful, reckless sense of abandon. The lead singer of the band -- backed onstage by a keyboard, guitar, bass and drums -- encouraged other audience members to leave their seats as he let loose on some hypnotic vocals. Soon, the children were...
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Ryan Teitman
Fifty members of Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel's Blue Bell campus celebrated a momentous occasion on Aug. 25: their one-year anniversary. With a dinner and Shabbat service led by Assistant Rabbi Peter Rigler -- and an Oneg with ice-cream and cake afterward -- K.I.'s Blue Bell members commemorated an entire year at a new place of worship, though still as members...
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Sally Friedman, JE Feature
Down a narrow alley, past crumbling masonry walls in Cell Block 7, the doors to Eastern State Penitentiary's prison synagogue were open on a recent afternoon. Scores of visitors stepped inside to glimpse a remarkable sight: the remnants of a once-active sanctuary for the Jewish inmates. That sanctuary, which functioned as a place of worship until the 1960s, is now...
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Congregation Bnai Harim -- a Reform Synagogue in Monroe County in the Poconos -- expected to hold its first-ever service in its newly constructed building on erev Rosh Hashanah back in 2004. But earlier that day, synagogue officials learned that Tobyhanna Township hadn't granted the congregation an occupancy permit -- lighting had to be installed in the parking lot. The...
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