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Rabbi Rayzel Raphael performing a wedding

Independent Clergy Find Place in Community

It’s fairly typical for a rabbi to seek out a congregation to call home. But for some, a pulpit rabbinate isn’t for them. Greater Philadelphia...
Estee Ellis dances in a costume

The Shtick Delights at Orthodox Weddings

Abrielle Fuerst’s good friends, to her delight, were married just a few months ago. Leading up to the wedding, they asked her if she...
An apparition emerges behind a cell at Terror Behind the Walls

The Jews Behind Terror Behind the Walls

It’s not every day that a job posting for zombie dancers pops up, so Isabella Dorfman applied. Now she’s one of several Jews working this...
A soup offering from Betty the Caterer

Wedding Menus Change With the Times

When Jeff Kalinsky started at Betty the Caterer 27 years ago, there were certain truths about clients’ weddings, events and what they wanted to...
Donald and Melania Trump walk next to Tree of Life building

Locals Remember How the Pittsburgh Shooting Unfolded

As part of the Jewish Exponent’s commemorative coverage of the Pittsburgh shootings, we asked locals (included here in alphabetical order) to recall the moment...
Brandon Bowman and friends at the Western Wall

Why Hebrew School Students Choose Confirmation

Mia Schwartzberg grew up looking up at a photo of her father on a wall at Main Line Reform Temple. That wall was filled with...
Benny Sinakin

Community Briefs: KO Improves ‘Jewish Bulldog’ Boxing Record and More

Tribe 12 Seeks Fellowship Applicants Tribe 12 announced that applications for its 2020 fellowship are open. The fellowship, which is entering its 10th year, is a...
Cantor Mark Kushner at a brit milah

The Do’s and Don’ts of Jewish Baby Naming

Baby naming can be one of the hardest tasks expectant parents undertake, but Jewish tradition can help. Some practices for selecting a newborn’s kinnui, or...
Main Line Reform Temple members Susan and Bruce Golboro in their sukkah

Main Line Reform Temple Brings Sukkot in the Sukkah-Mobile

There’s nothing like last week’s pounding rain and 50 mph winds to remind sukkah-dwellers of the impermanence of the sukkah as a symbol. Still, when...
a retired couple gaze out on a hiking trail

How to Properly Prepare for Retirement

Many people eagerly anticipate their retirement — counting the minutes, hours and days — while others are skeptical of this period in their life...