Friday, September 19, 2014 Elul 24, 5774
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Over the years, Rabbi Elliot Holin of Kol Ami has promised his two older sons - Jonathan, 16, and David, 15 - that they would become B'nai Mitzvah in a building that was owned by the congregation. That, however, never did pan out; instead, the boys had Bar Mitzvahs at Gratz College. For almost a decade now, Kol Ami has...
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Conditions had become crowded at Congregation Beth Or's Spring House facility, a manor house the congregation has called home since 1974. With more than 1,000 member families and 700 children enrolled in its religious school, Sunday-morning Hebrew school became a logistical nightmare, even without factoring in the probability of a Men's Club or Sisterhood event at the same time. Now,...
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To honor the fact that the 36th annual Earth Day falls on Saturday this year, Jewish organizations around the country are encouraging the observance of an environmental Shabbat. The Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life, the Teva Environmental Learning Center and Jewish Vegetarians of North America, along with a number of other groups, have teamed up to encourage rabbis...
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Student rabbi Lauren Grabelle Herrmann wants to create a vibrant Jewish community in West Philadelphia. Helping to invigorate the recently established Kol Tzedek synagogue, Grabelle Herrmann hopes to keep ideas there fresh, and not to hesitate to experiment with conventional ideas about programming and prayer services. Although the new congregation does not have a building - it currently meets at...
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When Congregation Rodeph Shalom voted earlier this month to close its suburban satellite campus in Elkins Park, one of the questions left up in the air was what would happen to the preschool housed there. The answer, reached shortly after the Jan. 12 vote that authorized the closure, is that it's moving about 1 mile away - to the new...
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