Wednesday, July 30, 2014 Av 3, 5774
The second time has proven to be a charm. Having spent 15 years leading Tiferet Bet Israel in Blue Bell, David Ackerman, 48, left that shul in 2007 for a post at his alma mater, the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. But the school's budget crisis meant some trimming, and he recently began leading Congregation Beth Am Israel in...
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Aaron Passman, JE Staff
Rabbi Jeff Sultar, 47, once spent more than two years riding his bicycle 16,000 miles around the United States. Having spent all that time touring 46 states, you might now say that he's doing something similar -- touring the various Jewish communities around Philadelphia. Sultar recently joined Congregation Tiferes B'nai Israel in Warrington, his third pulpit in three counties of...
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Dozens of voices reverberated in the high-ceilinged room, creating a powerful hum of background noise in the windowless space. About 150 men and women in their 20s and 30s -- many clearly dressed to impress -- were gathered about in clusters, every so often taking sips of the red or white wine in the clear plastic cups they'd picked up...
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Aaron Passman, JE Staff
On a dreary Friday evening, new roommates Juliana Teibel and Erica Hochman were looking for some place to go. Hailing from Buffalo, N.Y., and Mountainside, N.J., respectively, the pair were new to Philadelphia and Temple University. The 18-year-olds admitted that they hadn't met many people yet -- besides each other -- and with countless student groups vying for their attention,...
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Finally, a place where some can feel religious -- and understood
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Gail Shister, JE Feature
So what are nice Jewish girls doing in a group like Nice Jewish Girls? They're expanding their knowledge of Judaism, for one thing. And they're meeting other Jewish women from the area like themselves -- single, over 50 and lesbian. Brenda Goodis, who founded Philadelphia's NJG in November 2007, describes the organization as a lesbian chavurah. There are monthly potlucks,...
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