Wednesday, April 23, 2014 Nisan 23, 5774
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Rachel Silverman, JE Feature
Like many cities in the former Soviet Union, Kerch -- today part of Ukraine -- didn't permit much in the way of Jewish life and practice during the greater part of the 20th century. But after the Ukrainian state declared independence in 1991, a movement for Jewish renewal began, and a congregation was born in the seaport city. According to...
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Rabbi Alan J. Iser of Congregation Or Shalom recites Kaddish after completing the burial of worn-out prayerbooks at Haym Salomon Memorial Park in Frazer. In keeping with ancient Jewish tradition, the service was similar to that of burying a person who used the sacred texts themselves, with psalms, readings and even a eulogy offered by the rabbi.
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
Amid the quaint shops and restaurants that New Hope is famous for, a synagogue has carved a little place for itself in the town's unique landscape. Back in May of 1994, Kehilat HaNahar, The Little Shul by the River, held its first services with about 12 people in attendance and no permanent meeting place. In the last 13 years, however,...
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Rachel Silverman, JE Feature
Some rode bicycles, others walked or ran, but all who participated in Temple Beth Hillel/Beth El's sixth annual Tzedakah-thon last weekend added fire to the synagogue's major philanthropic campaign. The event -- held this past Sunday morning under sunny skies -- generated more than $30,000 for local and Israeli charities, including "A Package From Home," the Schneider Children's Medical Center...
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By:
Ryan Teitman
Of all the sites that the U.S. government has officially designated as historic, only about 2,500 are National Historic Landmarks. This past Sunday, Beth Sholom Congregation in Elkins Park was added to the list, becoming one of only four synagogues to earn such considerable status. Basically, it means that the synagogue is not just of cultural importance to the Jewish...
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