Saturday, December 27, 2014 Tevet 5, 5775
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Though as a boy Sidney Karpo sang in his South Philadelphia Hebrew school's junior choir - and was well aware that he had a considerable voice - he never dreamed of being a cantor. Actually, it was his wife who convinced him to do it. "I could have been anything," said the 78-year-old. "My wife is a very musical person,...
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Bryan Schwartzman, JE Staff
Mounds of dirt - and a John Deere bulldozer - rested on the exposed earth, marking the spot where Congregation Beth Hamedrosh is building its new sanctuary. But even though the ground had clearly already been broken, for the 100 or so member families of the Orthodox shul, the June 11 ceremony offered a symbolic indication that the synagogue's long-awaited...
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What did a group of 75 staff and volunteers from 10 synagogues do after successfully holding a number of crowd-drawing, people-connecting Synaplex™ Shabbats during the year? They came together to "Celebrate Synaplex™ Philadelphia" - along with synagogue members interested in holding such services in the future, at Congregation Beth Or in Maple Glen on May 17. The event was sponsored...
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Over the years, Rabbi Elliot Holin of Kol Ami has promised his two older sons - Jonathan, 16, and David, 15 - that they would become B'nai Mitzvah in a building that was owned by the congregation. That, however, never did pan out; instead, the boys had Bar Mitzvahs at Gratz College. For almost a decade now, Kol Ami has...
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Conditions had become crowded at Congregation Beth Or's Spring House facility, a manor house the congregation has called home since 1974. With more than 1,000 member families and 700 children enrolled in its religious school, Sunday-morning Hebrew school became a logistical nightmare, even without factoring in the probability of a Men's Club or Sisterhood event at the same time. Now,...
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