Tuesday, May 5, 2015 Iyyar 16, 5775
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Aaron Passman
Growing up in the San Francisco Bay area, Joshua Kalev had an unusual pastime. "As a child, I used to arrange my stuffed animals as a congregation and lead services for them," he said. "I was always in awe of my rabbi and what he got to do." Kalev, who now leads Tiferet Bet Israel in Blue Bell, said he'd...
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
There's a new face at Temple Sholom in Broomall, but she's no rookie. Rabbi Reena Spicehandler is currently serving as interim rabbi for the Delaware County shul -- a position she's held at four other synagogues over the past seven years, including ones in Doylestown and King of Prussia. Rather than seeking out a traditional permanent rabbinic position, she's found...
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
One of the founding members of Kol Tzedek in West Philadelphia can add another superlative to her list of personal accomplishments: head rabbi. The young synagogue's young rabbi, Lauren Grabelle Herrmann, helped found the shul in 2004, while still a student at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote. "When we started the synagogue I introduced myself as a rabbinical student,...
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Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg, JE Feature
Rabbi Anna Boswell-Levy had a pretty full summer: She got married in August, and then she and her husband, Josh, an attorney, moved from Pittsburgh to Langhorne, so she could assume the position of spiritual leader at Tzedek v'Shalom, a Reconstructionist congregation in Newtown, Bucks County. In addition to her pulpit duties, Boswell-Levy, 32, will also serve as religious school...
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Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg, JE Feature
The synagogue at Eastern State Penitentiary, which fell into ruin and was forgotten about when the prison was abandoned in the 1970s, is well on the road to full restoration. The project, which began this past spring, is more than halfway complete, reported Sally Elk, executive director of the historic prison, located at 22nd Street and Fairmount Avenue. "It's really...
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