Tuesday, September 23, 2014 Elul 28, 5774

By:
Rachel Silverman, JE Feature
Earlier this month, a dozen members of Beth Sholom Congregation in Elkins Park visited an old hidden synagogue in the Terezin concentration camp outside Prague. There, walking silently across the hallowed ground, the congregants began to memorialize the space in the best way they knew how: They sang. "We had to add our voices to the stilled voices of the...
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Once again, locals lament the end of an institutional era
By:
Jared Shelly, JE Feature
Faced with an aging congregation and changing neighborhood demographics, leaders of Beth Emeth-B'nai Yitzhok synagogue were forced over the last decade or so to implement innovative ideas to keep the shul afloat and in its home in the Northeast neighborhood of Oxford Circle. They offered free one-year memberships to all, and even contracted with several cell-phone companies to basically lease...
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BALAK, Numbers 22:22-25:9
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Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell
Mah tovu ohalecha Ya'akov, mishkenotecha Yisrael: "How goodly are your tents, Jacob, your dwelling places, Israel." In the midst of our book of wandering, a Moabite sovereign engages a seer from the Euphrates region in the hopes of cursing and thus defeating the Israelites. In the central irony of this fanciful tale that opens with the verb vayar: He saw,...
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By:
Jared Shelly, JE Feature
With statistics showing that boys are more likely than girls to significantly decrease Jewish involvement after their Bar Mitzvahs, what can Jewish institutions do to keep young males active in synagogue and communal life? "Forty-seven percent of boys see their Bar Mitzvah as their graduation from Judaism. I don't remember getting a Judaism diploma at my Bar Mitzvah, but that's...
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By:
Rachel Silverman, JE FEature
The rabbi stood at the front of the room, holding a big book. But as he leaned over to read, he didn't begin a sermon or start chanting Hebrew trope. Instead, Rabbi Ira F. Stone of Temple B'nai Zion-B'nai Israel in Center City helped a flock of children sound out a word. "It's a big one," said the rabbi, gazing...
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