Sunday, March 29, 2015 Nisan 9, 5775

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Rabbi Joshua Waxman
Vayigash, Genesis 44:18-47:27 Chanukah is much anticipated in my house, as in so many other homes -- the gathering of family, lighting the candles with prayers and songs and, of course, telling the ancient story of the miracle of Chanukah. This story reassures us with its promise of light in the face of darkness, but it also raises a challenge...
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Hoisted onto the shoulders of her father, Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel Associate Rabbi Peter C. Rigler, Maya Rigler had the honor of helping light a gigantic menorah before a crowd of 500 children and adults who attended the Elkins Park synagogue's Chanukah Shabbat celebration. Photo by Leza Raffel
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By:
Jared Shelly, JE Feature
Just 13 years after first holding prayer sessions in rented space or in congregants' homes, Kehilat HaNahar, The Little Shul by the River, is close to reaching a $250,000 fundraising goal to upgrade its facilities. The New Hope synagogue is planning to use the money to put on a new roof, repave a worn driveway and blacktop the parking lot,...
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Chanukah is now upon us. It represents a time to tell young children the age-old story about the brave, mighty and greatly outnumbered Maccabees who saved the Jews from the cruel King Antiochus, and also about the lean, mean Greeks who sought to destroy them. The story goes on to tell how, after defeating the Greeks, the Maccabees entered the...
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(From left) Eric Floyd, Rabbi Howard Hersch, Joan Hersch and Ben James celebrate the completion of a 13-feet-by-6-inch menorah made of Legos at Congregation Brothers of Israel in Newtown. About 180 people helped build the menorah, composed of 60,000 Lego pieces provided by architect Stephen Schwartz, who travels to different congregations to set up the temporary exhibits -- topping it...
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