Tuesday, July 29, 2014 Av 2, 5774
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Sitting outside at a crowded West Philadelphia cafe and taking sips from an iced coffee as trolley cars intermittently clattered by along Baltimore Avenue, student Rabbi Lauren Grabelle Herrmann could barely contain her enthusiasm for her adopted neighborhood - and its newest synagogue. "It feels like a city, and you don't have to get in your car to go everywhere...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
An army of construction workers has descended upon Main Line Reform Temple, Beth Elohim - banging hammers, drilling holes and rewiring electricity - as the 45-year-old Wynnewood synagogue undergoes an $8.5 million renovation. The redesigned edifice will add 5,200 square feet of space, including a new 120-seat chapel, an expanded auditorium, a new parlor room and an expanded entryway. The...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
Avraham Steinberg does not see much difference between working at an 800-member congregation on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and his new job as the full-time rabbi of the 60 to 70 family Young Israel of the Main Line in suburban Bala Cynwyd. "The truth is that even when you're in an 800-member congregation, you end up having a...
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The American and Israeli flags make for a ubiquitous pairing inside Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, adorning the Elkins Park synagogue's sanctuary bimah, chapel, library and classrooms like a couple that had seemingly been together forever. But just two years ago, Israeli flags were in short supply within the building - an omission that seemed less representative of 2003 than of...
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Clank. The aluminum bat made sharp contact with the leather-covered softball, thrown so slowly that it seemed to momentarily hang in the summer air before being driven toward the dirt. The hitter's teammates could tell by the high-pitched sound that he didn't get all of it. So 71-year-old Jim Brody tossed the bat aside and made his best effort at...
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