Sunday, February 1, 2015 Shevat 12, 5775
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As Jews around the world prepared for the latest New Year, members of Congregation Or Ami also welcomed the start of something else: a new educational center. The day before Rosh Hashanah, the synagogue obtained a certificate of occupancy for its new $2.5 million building, which includes 14 classrooms, a library, gift shop, expanded office space and a new youth...
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Mother Nature may have dusted the area with the season's first coating of snow, but the members of Congregation Beth El in Yardley pressed forward with the job at hand: breaking ground for expansion. As part of the second phase of its renovation, the synagogue hosted a ceremonial groundbreaking for its new social hall and sanctuary. The addition will feature...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
Standing in a grassy synagogue courtyard, Chiquita obviously didn't understand the words coming out of Rabbi Barry Blum's mouth - all of the 3-year-old chihuahua's attention was focused on the treat in the man's hand. "God opens his hand and satisfies every living thing with love and favor," said Blum, who then fed the small dog. Dianne Shames, who brought...
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Jan L. Apple, JE Feature
The beauty and warmth of Shabbat stretched across an entire geographic region when a monthlong community initiative "Let's Celebrate Shabbat Across Bucks County" was observed at 12 area synagogues throughout September. While each participating congregation (Reform, Conservative and Reconstructionist) tailored programming to fit particular needs, the end result yielded what it had intended - the creation of family-oriented activities that...
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Historically, American Jews have been liberal in their political positions, and generally opposed to war and violence. Opinions among individuals, of course, have varied across the board, but the majority have been known to oppose large-scale conflagrations, and have gone public with their viewpoints. Thus, it's not surprising to learn that one branch of Judaism may be set to make...
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