Ritual Life

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...

Opinion | What Synagogues Can Learn from the Political Conventions

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By Steve Rabinowitz For months now, the rituals that mark our lives have been disrupted by the coronavirus. As the pandemic grinds on and the...

Opinion | Seeing the Synagogue in 20/20

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By Rabbi Jason Bonder For so many of us, the pace of our lives before 2020 was like a runaway train racing forward on a...

No Mikvah, No Problem — Converts Head to Camp Ramah

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By Josefin Dolsten On a typical summer day, hundreds of kids can be found around the lake at Camp Ramah in the Berkshires splashing around...
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Torah Akin to Modern-Day GPS

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Parshat Mattot-Mas’ei By Rabbi Robert Layman In this era of GPS and Waze, road maps, which are still available, have basically become a relic of the...
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Eruv Maintenance Tricky in a Pandemic

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Maintaining an eruv in Philadelphia before the COVID-19 pandemic was already a juggling act. Those charged with overseeing the various eruvs throughout the city had...