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Continuity and Change on Our Soul Journeys

By Rabbi Shawn Israel Zevit Parshat Lech Lecha Dedicated to the all the sacred work of mesnchwork.org and my father Lester, on his journey with Alzheimer’s...
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The Distraction Generation

By Rabbi Jason Bonder Parshat Noach There is a character in the 2009 Walt Disney film “Up” named Dug. Dug is a dog who wears a...
community members rebuilding the sukkah in Julian Abele Park

After ‘Weather Bomb’ Topples Sukkahs, Community Helps Out

Throughout this Sukkot, lulavs were shaken but so, too, were sukkahs — many to their makeshift foundations, by a record-setting storm classified as a...
Vicki Rubenstein, Debbie Mendelson, Marcie Cohn and Debra Cohen

A Second Chance to Make a First Bat Mitzvah

The phrase adult bar or bat mitzvah, if not an apparent contradiction in terms, reads with some incongruity. Why would you need a bar...
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...
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Reflecting the Divine Image

By Rabbi Fred V. Davidow Parshat Bereshit Bereshit contains the well-known verse: “So God created the human beings in (the divine) image, creating (them) in the...
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...
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...
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Why Do We Sit in the Sukkah?

By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Sukkot “You shall dwell in booths for seven days… So that your generations will know that I caused the children of Israel...
Cantor Lynn Torgove leads vocal warmups with Kol Arev

The Cantorate’s Future Is Bright at Hebrew College

NEWTON CENTRE, MASSACHUSETTS — On a bright Monday morning, about 10 miles west of Boston, a group — mostly rabbis and cantors in training...