Thursday, September 18, 2014 Elul 23, 5774
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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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Hoping to attract vacationers to the Jersey shore, Chabad-Lubavitch has opened a storefront synagogue in the heart of Ventnor, just blocks from the beach and boardwalk. The synagogue, called Chabad at the Shore, is being run by Chabad of Atlantic County, a roughly 14-year-old organization based in Margate, N.J., the town that neighbors Ventnor. The Margate site -- not too...
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Though as a boy Sidney Karpo sang in his South Philadelphia Hebrew school's junior choir - and was well aware that he had a considerable voice - he never dreamed of being a cantor. Actually, it was his wife who convinced him to do it. "I could have been anything," said the 78-year-old. "My wife is a very musical person,...
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Bryan Schwartzman, JE Staff
Mounds of dirt - and a John Deere bulldozer - rested on the exposed earth, marking the spot where Congregation Beth Hamedrosh is building its new sanctuary. But even though the ground had clearly already been broken, for the 100 or so member families of the Orthodox shul, the June 11 ceremony offered a symbolic indication that the synagogue's long-awaited...
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What did a group of 75 staff and volunteers from 10 synagogues do after successfully holding a number of crowd-drawing, people-connecting Synaplex™ Shabbats during the year? They came together to "Celebrate Synaplex™ Philadelphia" - along with synagogue members interested in holding such services in the future, at Congregation Beth Or in Maple Glen on May 17. The event was sponsored...
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