Friday, April 18, 2014 Nisan 18, 5774
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For the past 15 years or so, the Torah scroll at Beth Chaim Reform Congregation has been shuttled back and forth between the synagogue's various meeting spots -- which have included a barn, a college Catholic center and several public school buildings, among other locations. Its temporary "home" -- if you can actually call it that -- has most recently...
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A sign for Congregation Beth El-Ner Tamid in Broomall recently touted more than just an advertisement for the shul: It was defaced with a swastika. Situated at the corner of Sproul and Paxon Hallow roads, the metal sign pointed in the direction of the shul about a quarter mile away. According to Marple Township police, the sign was defaced five...
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Ryan Teitman
With more and more people becoming increasingly sensitive about what they eat and where their food comes from, congregants at Congregation Kol Ami in Elkins Park have taken a proactive step -- and decided to go right to the source. The congregation has started a community-supported agriculture project called Tuv Ha'Aretz, which in Hebrew means both "good from the earth"...
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When Elaine Samans and her late husband, Edward, first moved to Broomall from Philadelphia back in 1951, that section of Delaware County was sparsely populated with only a handful of Jewish families living in the vicinity, recalled the octogenarian. But in a familiar postwar pattern repeated in cities throughout the country, more and more young Jewish families headed for the...
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The year was 1923. Living out in the "country," rather than on the crowded streets of Philadelphia, began to appeal to a sizable number of people, and some migrated to the suburb of Warrington, which was then predominantly farmland. For his part, resident Harry Cohen was longing for a place where his family could worship that would also be close...
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