Monday, May 25, 2015 Sivan 7, 5775
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Ryan Teitman
After finishing his studies at Asychel Avrahm Rabbinic Seminary in New York City, Rabbi Steven A. Saks started looking for openings at synagogues he thought he'd be interested in. When he came across Adath Zion Congregation -- a traditional synagogue in Northeast Philadelphia -- it seemed to be just what he was searching for. "The shul was basically a good...
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Ryan Teitman
Rabbi Amanda Lurer has a lot on her plate right now. She's starting her fifth year at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote, is working toward her master's degree in Jewish education at Gratz College, and she's also just taken over the reins at the Bristol Jewish Center in Bucks County. She knew from an early age that she would...
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Ryan Teitman
The congregation of Main Line Reform Temple, Beth Elohim learned a crucial lesson during the course of its $8.5 million renovation project: Sometimes, small projects can grow. And grow. And grow. "We ended up actually renovating the entire facility in one way or another," explained Rabbi David Straus. What started out as a project much smaller in scope eventually touched...
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Ryan Teitman
Several kids in the aisles began to dance -- in the way only children can -- with a wonderful, reckless sense of abandon. The lead singer of the band -- backed onstage by a keyboard, guitar, bass and drums -- encouraged other audience members to leave their seats as he let loose on some hypnotic vocals. Soon, the children were...
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Sally Friedman, JE Feature
Down a narrow alley, past crumbling masonry walls in Cell Block 7, the doors to Eastern State Penitentiary's prison synagogue were open on a recent afternoon. Scores of visitors stepped inside to glimpse a remarkable sight: the remnants of a once-active sanctuary for the Jewish inmates. That sanctuary, which functioned as a place of worship until the 1960s, is now...
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