Tuesday, July 29, 2014 Av 2, 5774

Jordana Jacobs

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Descendants of Harry Cohen know the family's patriarch hailed from Lithuania and entered the United States via Canada. They also know that he settled in Philadelphia in 1908, before moving two years later to Neshaminy in nearby Bucks County. Once there, the tailor-cum-farmer set up a small congregation, first davening in his home and then building a structure. Information about...
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Though it's the youngest and smallest (in numbers) of the four branches of organized Judaism, the Reconstructionist movement is maintaining a steady growth in membership. The Elkins Park-based Jewish Reconstructionist Federation just approved the applications of three new congregations - Kol Tzedek in West Philadelphia; Or Zarua in West Berkeley, Calif.; and Shir Hadash in St. Louis - at a...
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About six years ago, Eve Berger's then-toddler daughter wanted to have colored lights on the outside of her house for the December holiday season, just like her neighbors. To indulge her daughter's request, Berger decided that she would string blue and white Christmas lights in the shape of a Magen David, and hang the symbol next to her front door...
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Mother Nature may have dusted the area with the season's first coating of snow, but the members of Congregation Beth El in Yardley pressed forward with the job at hand: breaking ground for expansion. As part of the second phase of its renovation, the synagogue hosted a ceremonial groundbreaking for its new social hall and sanctuary. The addition will feature...
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As Jews around the world prepared for the latest New Year, members of Congregation Or Ami also welcomed the start of something else: a new educational center. The day before Rosh Hashanah, the synagogue obtained a certificate of occupancy for its new $2.5 million building, which includes 14 classrooms, a library, gift shop, expanded office space and a new youth...
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