Tuesday, April 28, 2015 Iyyar 9, 5775

Sandra Berman (left) and Fran Beresid-Andrepont are members of Temple Beth Israel in Gadsden, Ala., which has a small congregation and a rabbi who flies in from Atlanta once a month to lead services. Congregants hope to fill the pews with unaffiliated Jews during Yom Kippur and the holidays that follow it. RNS Photo/Reuters
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Yom Kippur, Leviticus 16:1-34, Numbers 29:7-11
Even more than the yearning voice of the cantor during the High Holidays, I remember the palpable weeping of the worshippers, especially that of my grandmother and her contemporaries in the women's gallery of my childhood synagogue in Brooklyn, reaching a crescendo when the congregants would cry out, "Do not cast us into old age." To this day, I cannot...
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A handful of Hebrew books sat haphazardly on the mostly empty shelves. No family photos adorned the walls or rested on the desk in Rabbi Avraham Shmidman's new office in Lower Merion Synagogue. He's got plenty of each to choose from; there just hasn't been much time for office decorating. On Aug. 6, Shmidman and his family moved to the...
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Rabbi Linda Holtzman, the new religious leader of Mishkan Shalom, a Reconstructionist congregation in Roxborough, wasn't exactly a stranger to the community before she started work there last month. In fact, four years ago, Holtzman -- or Rabbi Linda, as most congregants call her -- actually served as interim rabbi while the synagogue searched for a permanent religious leader. And...
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