Ritual Life

TikTok Executive to Detail Judaism as Self-Help

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Jewish TikTok executive Michal Oshman will appear virtually at Ohev Shalom of Bucks County on Nov. 14. to promote her self-help book, “What Would...
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Rituals Remain Despite COVID Death Surge

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Joseph Levine & Sons Memorial Chapel in Trevose buried many more people this past year than previously. And Goldsteins’ Rosenberg’s Raphael-Sacks funeral home had...

Tree of Life Shooting Still Impacts US Jews

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When a white supremacist shot and killed 11 people at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh on Oct. 27, 2018, it was “the...

Josh Shapiro Touts Jewish Values in Kickoff for Governor’s Race

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At the end of his campaign kickoff speech on Oct. 13 at Penn State Abington, Josh Shapiro paraphrased a line from the Talmud. “My faith...

What Will It Take to Get Back in the Synagogue?

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As more and more people become vaccinated against COVID-19, communities are grappling with what the next phase of reopenings will look like.  While some synagogues...

From Building an Ark to Vaccine Awareness: B’nai Mitzvah Plans Get Creative

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Alexa Shurman realized in March 2020 that her bat mitzvah was not going to be the way she imagined. The Main Line Reform Temple congregant...

Videographers Shoot Scaled-Down Simchas

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Tim Sudall got his first call about filming a microwedding in June. The couple decided to tie the knot in their own backyard, with a...

Weddings, Bar Mitzvahs, Simchas Continue — With Modifications

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Not everyone looks into their backyard and sees the spot where they’ll be married. And perhaps fewer still see an empty synagogue as the...
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History’s Lessons: Jewish Couple Wed in Graveyard to Stop 1918 Flu Pandemic

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The wedding of Harry Rosenberg and Fanny Jacobs was unusual for several reasons. For one, the bride and groom didn’t know each other prior to...
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With Zoom Singing a Bust, Choirs Get Creative About Joining Voices

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After 52 people in Washington state became infected with coronavirus during a choir rehearsal in March, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published...