Ritual Life

Herb Tapper, interior designer of the Mai Shalva Center City Community Mikvah, holds a rolled up design

Designer: Center City Mikvah Will Have the ‘Feeling of an Ocean Breeze’

Welcoming, embracing and refined are just some of the characteristics designer Herb Tapper is trying to evoke as he creates the interior of Mai...
a synagogue roof with a gold star on david on top

Opinion | Reaching Out to the Next Generation in the Synagogue

By Rabbi Evan Schultz When the daughter of one of our past synagogue presidents recently moved into town with her new husband, I did what...
Henry Patterson and Chip Ellis

Rodeph Shalom, LGBTQ Synagogue Beth Ahavah Mark Dedication With Rainbow Mezuzah

Reform Congregation Rodeph Shalom and LGBTQ synagogue Beth Ahavah commemorated their merger with a ceremony in the newly dedicated Beth Ahavah Historical Sacred Space. The...
Eli Gabay and Rabbi Albert Gabbai look at Mikveh Israel Cemetery

Congregation Mikveh Israel Fundraises to Repair Historic Cemetery

Rabbi Albert Gabbai looked out onto the field of tombstones at Mikveh Israel Cemetery at Ninth and Spruce streets. At his feet was the...

Grad Network Initiative Supports Shabbat

Soon after the Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha shooting, Lyssia Katan and a dozen of her friends gathered around a Shabbat dinner of challah, stuffed...

Wilmington Synagogue Leaving Longtime Home

Feb. 3 was a day for memories, emotion and a look toward the future for Adas Kodesch Shel Emeth of Wilmington, Del. The synagogue, which...

Rabbanit to Launch South Philadelphia Shtiebel

Rabbanit Hadas “Dasi” Fruchter has figured out why she’s moving to Philadelphia this summer, and that reason is the South Philadelphia Shtiebel. Fruchter, the Orthodox...

Plans for Center City Mikvah Move Forward

When asked how long the Mai Shalva-Center City Community Mikvah has been in the works, Rabbi Menachem Schmidt’s answer is simple. “Oy,” he said. “That...

Lifelong Educator Teaching Judaism at 90

It’s been 15 years since Sara Cohen retired from her position as educational director at Har Zion Temple, but her love of teaching and...

Philly Community Finds Unity After Pittsburgh Shooting

On the first Shabbat since the deadliest attack on Jews in United States history, Bryan Leib went to synagogue. He went to Temple Beth...