Monday, August 3, 2015 Av 18, 5775

By:
Fredda Sacharow
Rabbi Simeon J. Maslin In 1980, when Simeon J. Maslin became senior rabbi at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park, it was all about the suburbs. “All suburban congregations were thriving. We had Confirmation classes of 70 or 80 kids — it was the culmination of the suburban migration. I got in on the tail end of this great...
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By:
Fredda Sacharow
I f you were a Jew in Philadelphia during the latter half of the 19th century, one of an estimated 12,000 members of the tribe, your synagogue of choice was either a Reform or an Orthodox congregation. The Conservative and Reconstructionist movements, the independent minyanim, the popularity of the do-it-yourself brand of chavurot — all remained in the near or...
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BEHAR, Leviticus 25:1-27:34
By:
Rabbi Adam Zeff
This week's Torah reading has a special Philadelphia connection. It contains the words inscribed on the Liberty Bell: "Proclaim Liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof" (Leviticus 25:10). The Liberty Bell was originally created to mark the 50th anniversary of William Penn's 1701 Charter of Privileges, and it later became associated with the Declaration of Independence and,...
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Touro Synagogue in Newport, R.I. has been forever linked in Jewish history with President George Washington's famous 1790 letter to the Jews of Newport -- which will soon be on display at the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia as part of a special exhibition. But as much as the letter itself, Touro Synagogue, the oldest synagogue building...
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EMOR, Leviticus 21:1-24:23
By:
Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell
The portion we read this week is named after the fourth word in the opening sentence: emor , speak. "God, said to Moses, speak to the priests, the sons of Aaron ... " Following the directions for holiness outlined in K'doshim, the previous portion, Emor continues to establish guidelines and parameters for creating and sustaining the holy community. Near the...
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