Thursday, July 31, 2014 Av 4, 5774
By:
Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg
The memories flowed freely Sunday evening, as 600 congregants, staff and board members, past and present, filled the main sanctuary of Congregation Adath Jeshurun to celebrate a memorable occasion -- the synagogue's 150th anniversary. When an historic synagogue celebrates its sesquicentennial, one night to assess the past is hardly enough. And so, the gathering on May 4 was billed as...
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By:
Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg
The date was Sept. 29, 1958, four in the afternoon of erev Rosh Hashanah. Holiday services were set for 8 p.m., but there still wasn't a finished floor in the modest synagogue sanctuary of the new congregation, Temple Beth Tikvah. So what did the congregants do? They got right down on their hands and knees, and finished the work themselves...
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Members of the Kol Emet Youth Group in Yardley recently participated in a mitzvah project: The sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders made fleece pillows for children, then donated them to St. Mary's Pediatric Emergency Room and to Pediatrics Express Emergency Room at Mercer Hospital in Trenton, N.J. Hard at work is eighth-grader Melanie Rose.
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Rabbi Saul Grife has never made any bones about the fact that he loves the music of the Grateful Dead, as well as other groups from the classic rock era, especially Santana, Cream and Jethro Tull. Grife said that he finds inspiration in their fusion of diverse musical influences, sheer energy and, yes, their countercultural ethos. The religious leader of...
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By:
Jared Shelly, JE Feature
About a month ago, leaders at Germantown Jewish Centre were focused on routine synagogue tasks, such as planning Shabbat services, and scheduling educational and social programs. Then, within a matter of days, these same leaders were forced to organize an ongoing cleanup and restoration project following a suspicious fire that destroyed a preschool classroom and left other parts of the...
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