Saturday, July 26, 2014 Tammuz 28, 5774

Once again, locals lament the end of an institutional era
By:
Jared Shelly, JE Feature
Faced with an aging congregation and changing neighborhood demographics, leaders of Beth Emeth-B'nai Yitzhok synagogue were forced over the last decade or so to implement innovative ideas to keep the shul afloat and in its home in the Northeast neighborhood of Oxford Circle. They offered free one-year memberships to all, and even contracted with several cell-phone companies to basically lease...
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BALAK, Numbers 22:22-25:9
By:
Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell
Mah tovu ohalecha Ya'akov, mishkenotecha Yisrael: "How goodly are your tents, Jacob, your dwelling places, Israel." In the midst of our book of wandering, a Moabite sovereign engages a seer from the Euphrates region in the hopes of cursing and thus defeating the Israelites. In the central irony of this fanciful tale that opens with the verb vayar: He saw,...
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By:
Jared Shelly, JE Feature
With statistics showing that boys are more likely than girls to significantly decrease Jewish involvement after their Bar Mitzvahs, what can Jewish institutions do to keep young males active in synagogue and communal life? "Forty-seven percent of boys see their Bar Mitzvah as their graduation from Judaism. I don't remember getting a Judaism diploma at my Bar Mitzvah, but that's...
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By:
Rachel Silverman, JE FEature
The rabbi stood at the front of the room, holding a big book. But as he leaned over to read, he didn't begin a sermon or start chanting Hebrew trope. Instead, Rabbi Ira F. Stone of Temple B'nai Zion-B'nai Israel in Center City helped a flock of children sound out a word. "It's a big one," said the rabbi, gazing...
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Reunion evokes a spectrum of emotions during a recent
By:
Jared Shelly, JE Feature
As she looked over a crowd of old friends, 81-year-old Eleanor Klieman couldn't help but feel sad. After being a member of Adath Tikvah Montefiore in Rhawnhurst for more than 40 years, she was happy to be back in the old building to talk and share a meal with friends, but the reunion party also served as a constant reminder...
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