Saturday, July 26, 2014 Tammuz 28, 5774
Closing of local office sparks rethinking of URJ's links with congregations
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Two months after the Union for Reform Judaism closed its Philadelphia office -- along with 13 others across the country -- it's still far from clear what long-term impact the move will have on the region's congregations. "This is the beginning of a process and only time will tell how valid it is," said Rabbi Richard Address, who ran the...
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Rachel Levy Lesser, Jewish Exponent Feature
If you want your family to stay close, then buy a house at the shore. That seems to be the consensus among the generations of families who have been sharing houses at the Jersey shore summer after summer. Linda Sohn of Holland, Pa., who has spent nine summers with her husband, two daughters, sons-in-law and four grandsons at their house...
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Sally Friedman, Jewish Exponent Feature
I was recently standing with my husband in the vast lobby of the Borgata, presumably Atlantic City's eighth wonder of the world. The place was opulent, naughty and dizzying, sometimes all at once. But I was remembering another Atlantic City, the one so familiar to legions of Jewish Philadelphians, the one my grandmother called "Tlontic City." There were no glittering...
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It's pretty standard for synagogues to require a ticket for entry into High Holiday services. But whoever heard of needing tickets for a seat in the sanctuary on a Shabbat morning in mid-August -- up in the Poconos, no less? But things have always operated in a "counterseasonal" manner at Congregation B'nai Harim, a 13-year-old Reform synagogue situated at 1,800...
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Daphna Berman, Jewish Exponent Feature
Michael Kogan has always stopped to help people stranded on the side of the road. But for Kogan, 28, a Ukrainian-born Israeli who relocated to Philadelphia four years ago, the decision to stop and help a stranger on a dark road on April 17 has forever changed his life. "I saw a woman on the side and she looked like...
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