Tuesday, July 29, 2014 Av 2, 5774
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Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg, JE Feature
In 2005, Harris Bookfor, a disaster-relief volunteer for the American Red Cross, flew to Florida to assist in the wake of Hurricane Wilma's destruction. Since then, he's assisted when other, more-local disasters have struck, like the recent, massive Conshohocken apartment-house fire. So when Hurricane Ike struck the Gulf Coast in September, the Plymouth Meeting resident said he was once again...
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For years, Cheltenham resident Larry Angert attended services practically every Shabbat, and found joy in the music and rituals, even as he struggled with the theological content of the liturgy. The 57-year-old grew up in the Conservative movement, tutored Bar Mitzvah students and sent his daughter to Jewish day school. But, roughly 13 years ago, Angert said he came to...
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Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg, JE Feature
On Friday, Sept. 5, Shalom Zachmy, the ritual director of Beth Sholom Congregation in Elkins Park, began preparing the Torah scrolls for the first Bat Mitzvah service of the new season, when he noticed that a substantial number of the silver adornments were missing from the arks in the main and sisterhood sanctuaries, as well as from the chapel. The...
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Congregation Adath Jeshurun recently hosted a fundraising event to help build a castle on the synagogue playground in memory of Sara Burke, a preschooler who passed away in May after a battle with cancer. The castle-memorial will be based on a picture Sara drew in class. Sara's grandfather, Arthur Davis, is shown holding Max Goldman as he places his donation...
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Jewish Exponent Staff
Rabbi Julie Greenberg's 18-year-old son Raffi had an usual request for his milestone birthday: The Yale University freshman asked for a collection of his mother's sermons. Greenberg -- religious leader for the past seven years at Congregation Leyv Ha-Ir "Heart of the City," a Reconstructionist Synagogue -- hadn't exactly kept past sermons in a neat file, virtual or otherwise, and...
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