Saturday, April 18, 2015 Nisan 29, 5775

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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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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Bechukotai, Numbers 8:1-12:16
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Rabbi Lance J. Sussman, Ph.D.
Prayers for health and well-being have been part of the synagogue service for years. They reflect a deep human instinct to combine the medical and the spiritual probably found in all religious traditions. In this week's Torah portion, we find an ancient and powerful example of prayer being invoked by a loved one to bring comfort, relief and healing to...
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Rachel Silverman, JE Feature
Synagogues are built around the idea of organized worship -- the notion that Judaism should be practiced at a central address where activities can be held, congregants can study, a rabbi can lead, and officers can fundraise. Yet Philadelphia's Unstructured Synagogue Havurah shares very few of these elements. Indeed, the group has no dues, no building, no officers and no...
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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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Religious Events

Sat. Apr 18
Germantown Jewish Centre
10:00 AM
Sat. Apr 18
Old York Road Temple-Beth Am
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Renaissance Group
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