Ritual Life

Adath Israel on the Main Line Maintains Family Atmosphere

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Jonathan Goldstein, 51, describes himself as a congregant, daily minyan attendee and Shabbos regular at Adath Israel on the Main Line. His children, ages 18,...

Melrose B’nai Israel Emanu-El in Elkins Park Is Surviving

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Melrose B’nai Israel Emanu-El is a synagogue with no preschool or religious school. The Conservative congregation of between 250 and 275 members has not...

Beth David Reform Congregation in Gladwyne Keeps Growing

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Beth David Reform Congregation opened in 1943 as “the fourth Reform temple in the Philadelphia area,” according to its website. Through 37 years in...

YOU SHOULD KNOW…Rabbi Alex Weissman

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Rabbi Alex Weissman remembers walking into the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote for the first time. It was November 2010, and he was a...

Congregation Rodeph Shalom Upholds Tradition, Grows with the Times

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Walking up to Congregation Rodeph Shalom’s main entrance just off North Broad Street is a case study in 21st-century Jewish awareness. You cannot simply open...

Congregation Beth Hamedrosh a Destination for Jews on Spiritual Journeys

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About 75 people show up every Saturday to Congregation Beth Hamedrosh in Wynnewood for Shabbat morning services. Then throughout the week, 10 to 20...

Kol Tzedek in West Philadelphia Looking for New Home

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In 5783, and in the seventh year under its second religious leader, Rabbi Ari Lev Fornari, Kol Tzedek in West Philadelphia has about 370...

Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel Honors Long History

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Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel in Center City is a combination of three different synagogues that once existed in Jewish Philadelphia — Temple Beth Zion,...
Two large menorahs overlook a seated crowd.

A Symbol Endures: Public Menorah Lightings Withstand Controversy, Antisemitism, Pandemic

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The crowd for this year’s National Menorah lighting in Washington, D.C., is expected to exceed 4,000 guests. That’s the estimate of Rabbi Levi Shemtov,...

David Groverman Helps Athletes Find Jewish Identities, But First Had to Discover His Own

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David Groverman lettered in soccer, lacrosse and wrestling at The Haverford School and helped lead its wrestling team to three consecutive Inter-Academic League championships...