Thursday, July 10, 2014 Tammuz 12, 5774
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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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Ryan Teitman, JE Feature
Blue-and-white balloons lined the room as individuals from throughout the Philadelphia area prepared to take a momentous journey-- not just traveling to the Jewish state, but making it their new home. To help them on their way, the Jewish Agency for Israel held a farewell reception that included giving these new olim an orientation on how to proceed on this...
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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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In addition to a new name, the school's also getting a new address
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The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia has purchased a 35-acre campus, worth roughly $30 million, located in Delaware County's Radnor Township -- a move officials there hope will lead to the creation of a communal and educational hub for the Main Line, one modeled partly on the more than 20-year-old Mandell Education Campus in Melrose Park. Akiba Hebrew Academy will...
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The weather cooperated for the second annual "Oy Vey 5K," held last month by Congregation Beth Or in Maple Glen: It was a bit overcast, not too hot and not too dry. About 250 runners and walkers participated in this benefit for two charities: Jacob's Ladder, a program run by Jewish Family and Children's Service, and the Interfaith Housing Alliance...
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