Saturday, October 25, 2014 Heshvan 1, 5775
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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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This year's Chanukah menorah contest at Har Zion Temple in Penn Valley, which was open to the Conservative synagogue's elementary- and middle-school students, netted 15 entries. The designs ran the gamut, from the traditional linear version - albeit with balloons for the lights - to the more abstract, with one interpretation essentially a mountain made out of boxes of candles...
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For more than four decades, Congregation Rodeph Shalom has maintained a significant presence at two Philadelphia-area locations. But if the Reform synagogue's strategic plan receives final approval next month, its Elkins Park campus will cease to exist. Synagogue leaders maintain that the shift in focus for the benefit of its metropolitan campus - a circa-1928 monument of Moorish-inspired architecture on...
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