Friday, September 19, 2014 Elul 24, 5774

On their way to Kol Nidre, members of Congregation Melrose B'nai Israel Emanu-El in Cheltenham dropped off items of clothing to be donated to the Jewish Relief Agency. Rabbi Howard A. Addison (left) greeted Benjamin Leon, 15, who placed the items in a truck. Betty the Caterer donated the use of one of its trucks to collect and transport the clothing.
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Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg, JE Feature
In 2005, Harris Bookfor, a disaster-relief volunteer for the American Red Cross, flew to Florida to assist in the wake of Hurricane Wilma's destruction. Since then, he's assisted when other, more-local disasters have struck, like the recent, massive Conshohocken apartment-house fire. So when Hurricane Ike struck the Gulf Coast in September, the Plymouth Meeting resident said he was once again...
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For years, Cheltenham resident Larry Angert attended services practically every Shabbat, and found joy in the music and rituals, even as he struggled with the theological content of the liturgy. The 57-year-old grew up in the Conservative movement, tutored Bar Mitzvah students and sent his daughter to Jewish day school. But, roughly 13 years ago, Angert said he came to...
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HOL HAMOED SUKKOT, Exodus 33:12-34:26
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Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman
Not every culture recommends joy as wholeheartedly as Americans do. To hear us tell it, we're entitled to joy unbridled. We even have a detergent called "Joy" -- cleaning up should be joyful! Well, why not? Isn't it natural to seek out happiness? The quest goes back at least to Ecclesiastes (Kohelet, in Hebrew), who sought to maximize life by...
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Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg, JE Feature
On Friday, Sept. 5, Shalom Zachmy, the ritual director of Beth Sholom Congregation in Elkins Park, began preparing the Torah scrolls for the first Bat Mitzvah service of the new season, when he noticed that a substantial number of the silver adornments were missing from the arks in the main and sisterhood sanctuaries, as well as from the chapel. The...
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Klein Jewish Community Center
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