Saturday, August 30, 2014 Elul 4, 5774
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Fredda Sacharow
I f you were a Jew in Philadelphia during the latter half of the 19th century, one of an estimated 12,000 members of the tribe, your synagogue of choice was either a Reform or an Orthodox congregation. The Conservative and Reconstructionist movements, the independent minyanim, the popularity of the do-it-yourself brand of chavurot — all remained in the near or...
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The groundwork was laid for religious life in the city at the start of the 20th century, as these photos attest.
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The reiligious life of Philadelphia and its environs expanded from mid-20th century on.
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How the community expresses its religious sentiments began to vary with the start of a new millennium.
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Creators of Judaica reveal their inspirations
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S etting the seder table with her mother is one of Joy Stember’s cherished childhood memories. Before their Melrose Park home became filled with friends, laughter and prayers, Stember and her mother had their own ritual. “For place settings, we used my grandmother’s fine china with gold edging, which we only used at Passover and Rosh Hashanah,” Stember says. “Then...
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