Wednesday, October 1, 2014 Tishri 7, 5775
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Student rabbi Lauren Grabelle Herrmann wants to create a vibrant Jewish community in West Philadelphia. Helping to invigorate the recently established Kol Tzedek synagogue, Grabelle Herrmann hopes to keep ideas there fresh, and not to hesitate to experiment with conventional ideas about programming and prayer services. Although the new congregation does not have a building - it currently meets at...
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When Congregation Rodeph Shalom voted earlier this month to close its suburban satellite campus in Elkins Park, one of the questions left up in the air was what would happen to the preschool housed there. The answer, reached shortly after the Jan. 12 vote that authorized the closure, is that it's moving about 1 mile away - to the new...
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Congregation Beth Chaim's sanctuary was packed with members embracing one another and offering consolation for a collective loss. A few even wept openly, knowing that this was probably the last time the congregation would be gathered together in the nearly 50-year-old building. "We don't have any alternative. We are out of money," Michael Bittman, Beth Chaim's president, had said moments...
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Conservative Judaism is struggling, according to the 18-year-old leader of its youth group, and it's up to Generation Y to re-energize the 100-plus-year-old movement. Mordy Greenspan, president of United Synagogue Youth, made this assessment Monday night in front of nearly 1,200 of his peers at the group's 55th annual international convention at the Philadelphia Marriott. "The movement," stated the Oceanside,...
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Though it's the youngest and smallest (in numbers) of the four branches of organized Judaism, the Reconstructionist movement is maintaining a steady growth in membership. The Elkins Park-based Jewish Reconstructionist Federation just approved the applications of three new congregations - Kol Tzedek in West Philadelphia; Or Zarua in West Berkeley, Calif.; and Shir Hadash in St. Louis - at a...
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