Saturday, April 19, 2014 Nisan 19, 5774
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The sidewalk in front of Congregation Beth Hamedrosh in Wynnewood is roped off. The driveway remains a work in progress; large heaps of dirt fill a space set to become a parking lot. In short, the building is still very much a construction site. But the lion's share of the work has been completed, and earlier this month -- after...
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As of June 1, the Center City eruv was officially up and running, more than and a year-and-a-half after Mayor John F. Street signed a law that approved its construction. An eruv consists of a series of symbolic barriers that surround an area within which observant Jews are permitted under halachah to carry things outside of the home on Shabbat,...
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Ryan Teitman, JE Feature
As part of the 80th-anniversary celebration of Congregation Beth Am Israel in Penn Valley, several original members decided to put on an impromptu performance and belt out a few tunes. Despite the passage of many years, the former students of Beth Am's Hebrew school -- then located in southwest Philadelphia -- still recalled the songs they learned, set to Broadway...
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Ryan Teitman, JE Feature
Ron Wolfson always enjoys telling the story about a woman he once met while touring different synagogues around the country. He asked her how she'd decided which synagogue to join after she moved to her area. The answer? She chose the only one where someone took the time to say hello to her after the service. Wolfson is a man...
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Scribe Jen Taylor Friedman (right) from New York came to Beth David Reform Congregation in Gladwyne on Sunday to examine and restore sacred documents. Assisting her with the work are Marty and Susan Weinberg. Photo by Michele Frentrop
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