Thursday, September 18, 2014 Elul 23, 5774
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It's a story many synagogues know all too well: Changing demographics and a migrating Jewish community cause rabbis, administrators, board members and everyone else concerned with the longevity of a religious institution to rethink its location, location, location. Congregation Beth El in Cherry Hill, N.J., began this dialogue a decade ago. Located on the West side of the city -...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
Growing up in Monroeville, Ala., Rabbi Jim Egolf and his family routinely drove for an hour-and-a-half to reach their Reform synagogue in Pensacola, Fla., just so young Jim could attend services and religious school. Even as a young boy, Egolf realized that being one of the only kids from a minority religion was a statement of his identity in the...
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Bryan schwartzman Jewish Exponent Staff Nearly 30 years ago Steve Dickstein, then a lawyer just getting his career going in Center City, needed to a find a place to say Kaddish each day for his father. He headed down to Congregation B'nai Abraham on Lombard Street, which he recalled visiting with his grandfather when he was child, and found a...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
The people at Temple Menorah Keneseth Chai take pride in their synagogue's warm, welcoming atmosphere - a place where everyone can feel at ease. It's one of the qualities they point to that helped them reach their 80th anniversary, celebrated this past spring. "You don't have to get dressed up here, you don't have to compete with anyone. We're known...
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Lubavitch of Bucks County has built a new center in Newtown where the Jews of the community can socialize, hang out, or just sit and sip a cup of Joe. The 18,500-square-foot building - slated to be formerly dedicated on Oct. 2 - will serve as a second home for the Lubavitch group, which prior to the expansion only had...
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