Thursday, November 20, 2014 Heshvan 27, 5775

By:
Fredda Sacharow
Rabbi Simeon J. Maslin In 1980, when Simeon J. Maslin became senior rabbi at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park, it was all about the suburbs. “All suburban congregations were thriving. We had Confirmation classes of 70 or 80 kids — it was the culmination of the suburban migration. I got in on the tail end of this great...
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By:
Fredda Sacharow
Rabbi Albert E. Gabbai Few rabbis lead congregations that rank as “must-see” stops on tourists’ agendas. Fewer still can count Benjamin Franklin among the contributors to their synagogue’s original building fund. For Rabbi Albert E. Gabbai, serving as spiritual leader of Congregation Mikveh Israel, one of the oldest synagogues in the United States and the oldest formal congregation in Philadelphia,...
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By:
Fredda Sacharow
Rabbi Lauren Grabelle Herrmann Someone obviously forgot to warn Lauren Grabelle Herrmann how risky it was to start a synagogue from scratch in the first decade of the new century, with members leaving established synagogues in droves and the economy a few short years from tanking. Just as well. The newly minted rabbi might have had second thoughts about launching...
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A Weekend Warrior — or ‘Weakened Warrior’ — is a Whiz Kid again
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Frank Brodsky, Special Sections Feature
I guess it all started when my dad started taking me to baseball games at Shibe Park when I was about 5 years old. Growing up, I played baseball on neighborhood lots like most kids since this was before the days of Little League. I don’t remember why, but for some reason, I wanted to be a catcher. Maybe it...
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Bed and bored? Some answers to relieve the pain
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Lynne Blumberg, Special Sections Feature
We’ve all heard stories about people who suffered a heart attack while having sex, and some of whom may have died in the act. A forum on the website, israelroom.com, lists famous people who died of a heart attack while having sex, or as coroners have termed it, DIS (Death in the Saddle). There are other examples as well: Atilla...
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