Ritual Life

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...
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...
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...
Rabbi Bec Richman writes holy texts at a desk

The Growing Ranks of Female Scribes

It was never inconceivable that Linda Coppleson would be doing this. At least to her, anyway. Coppleson, 69, grew up in a shul dedicated to...
the ice hockey team with their bronze medals

Tefillin, for the Win?

By Matt Silver It’s common for hockey players to wrap and get wrapped before games — stick blades and handles, skates and ankles and knees....
a man holds a smart phone

Shabbat Offers Reprieve From Constant Technology Demands

Jews have kept Shabbat over history, just as Shabbat has kept the Jews, poet and philosopher Asher Zvi Hirsch Ginsberg wrote. Those words are increasingly...
A window with Coming Soon South Philly Shtiebel painted on

South Philadelphia Shtiebel Debuts With Kabbalat Shabbat Service

There was so much that made the first Kabbalat Shabbat service on July 19 at the South Philadelphia Shtiebel a special affair. That it was...
Herb Tapper, interior designer of the Mai Shalva Center City Community Mikvah, holds a rolled up design

Designer: Center City Mikvah Will Have the ‘Feeling of an Ocean Breeze’

Welcoming, embracing and refined are just some of the characteristics designer Herb Tapper is trying to evoke as he creates the interior of Mai...
a synagogue roof with a gold star on david on top

Opinion | Reaching Out to the Next Generation in the Synagogue

By Rabbi Evan Schultz When the daughter of one of our past synagogue presidents recently moved into town with her new husband, I did what...