Saturday, April 19, 2014 Nisan 19, 5774

By:
Aaron Passman, JE Feature
There's a new face at Temple Sholom in Broomall, but she's no rookie. Rabbi Reena Spicehandler is currently serving as interim rabbi for the Delaware County shul -- a position she's held at four other synagogues over the past seven years, including ones in Doylestown and King of Prussia. Rather than seeking out a traditional permanent rabbinic position, she's found...
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By:
Aaron Passman
Growing up in the San Francisco Bay area, Joshua Kalev had an unusual pastime. "As a child, I used to arrange my stuffed animals as a congregation and lead services for them," he said. "I was always in awe of my rabbi and what he got to do." Kalev, who now leads Tiferet Bet Israel in Blue Bell, said he'd...
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By:
Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg, JE Feature
Over the years, Rabbi Pinchas Klein has fought for causes and issues that he's considered important. First, there was Soviet Jewry, then he spoke out against the Cambodian genocide. And then, in April 2007, Klein strove to heighten awareness of the existential threat that Iran posed to Israel. He joined 21 other rabbis in protest outside the United Nations. The...
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By:
Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg, JE Feature
Lauren Brody-Hyett and Samantha Safran have quite a few things in common: Both are rabbinical students at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote (Brody-Hyett is in her fifth year; Safran in her third) and both have known since they were young that they wanted to be rabbis. Together, though they're not yet ordained, they will share the role of spiritual...
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KI TAVO, Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8
By:
Rabbi Richard Hirsh
This week's portion opens with an agricultural-calendrical reference that seems out of place as we come close to Rosh Hashanah. The portion describes the ancient offering of the first fruits (with its echo of Shavuot) and an obligatory accompanying recitation ("My father was a wandering Aramean ... ") that is included in the Pesach Haggadah. Traditional interpreters hold that the...
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