Friday, September 19, 2014 Elul 24, 5774
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Sitting outside at a crowded West Philadelphia cafe and taking sips from an iced coffee as trolley cars intermittently clattered by along Baltimore Avenue, student Rabbi Lauren Grabelle Herrmann could barely contain her enthusiasm for her adopted neighborhood - and its newest synagogue. "It feels like a city, and you don't have to get in your car to go everywhere...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
An army of construction workers has descended upon Main Line Reform Temple, Beth Elohim - banging hammers, drilling holes and rewiring electricity - as the 45-year-old Wynnewood synagogue undergoes an $8.5 million renovation. The redesigned edifice will add 5,200 square feet of space, including a new 120-seat chapel, an expanded auditorium, a new parlor room and an expanded entryway. The...
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Growing up in Richboro and becoming a Bat Mitzvah at Shir Ami-Bucks County Jewish Congregation, Lisa Pliskin-Ismail never imagined she would one day marry a Sudanese man, in Egypt, with a ceremony conducted by a Muslim cleric and a wedding contract written in Arabic. But six years ago, while living on a Kibbutz outside Haifa, she took a trip to...
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Carin M. Smilk, JE Feature
Evelyn Nerenberg likes to talk; she likes to philosophize. After all, at her age, why shouldn't she have a thing or two to say about life? Take the stage she's in now - what she calls the third stage of living. First, comes youth. The second, middle age. The third, she offers with a glint in her eye, is "Gee,...
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New group looks to create social outlets
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
Dealing with the death of a loved one is never easy, and when you lose a spouse of almost half a century, it is particularly trying. No one knows this better than 73-year-old Janet Simon. "When I got married, I was 20, and we stayed married for 48 years," explained Simon, who lost her husband, Al, 31?2 years ago. "He...
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