Wednesday, April 1, 2015 Nisan 12, 5775
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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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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Newly settled an ocean away from their native lands, immigrants at the turn of the century faced language barriers, culture clashes, and often, a sense of extreme loneliness. But back then, 44 professionals - mostly Philadelphians, and all male - got together to create an organization that would allow Jewish immigrants to socialize and to maintain a sense of their...
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As Jews around the world prepared for the latest New Year, members of Congregation Or Ami also welcomed the start of something else: a new educational center. The day before Rosh Hashanah, the synagogue obtained a certificate of occupancy for its new $2.5 million building, which includes 14 classrooms, a library, gift shop, expanded office space and a new youth...
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Mother Nature may have dusted the area with the season's first coating of snow, but the members of Congregation Beth El in Yardley pressed forward with the job at hand: breaking ground for expansion. As part of the second phase of its renovation, the synagogue hosted a ceremonial groundbreaking for its new social hall and sanctuary. The addition will feature...
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