Tuesday, November 25, 2014 Kislev 3, 5775
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When Congregation Beth El moved north from Levittown to Yardley eight years ago - and then erected a new sanctuary and Hebrew school - it knew that it was just the first step in the process of building a communal home. After nearly a decade at their 15-acre site, the Conservative synagogue is ready to start construction on phase two...
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Zara Myers, JE Feature
The week before the Sept. 3 Bar Mitzvah of Sheldon Satenstein, bags of kosher grocery staples seemed to pour into the social hall of Kesher Israel Congregation in West Chester. No, they weren't going to be used by the caterer - who was actually his mother, Jamie Satenstein. The food was donated by his guests, who'd been asked in the...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
Some very little feet have begun roaming the halls of Congregation B'nai Jacob in Chester County. The synagogue recently opened its doors to the K'tonton School for Young Children at Phoenixville, operated by Federation Early Learning Services, which began a year-round preschool there just last month for children ages 2 to 5. Priding itself on a less regimented environment, the...
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Throughout his naval career, Uriah P. Levy faced six court-marshals for verbal and physical flare-ups with fellow officers resulting from anti-Semitic insults. At one point, he was even stripped of his Naval commission. But now the name of Levy - who was born in Philadelphia in 1792, and became the first Jew to achieve the rank of commodore - has...
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A Chester County Reform congregation that has multiplied from 12 to 150 families in a little more than a decade, has worshiped in a bunch of different places: congregants' private homes, on the grounds of West Chester University, even in a historic barn owned by a Lutheran Church, carting prayerbooks and Torah scrolls from place to place. Now, nearly two...
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