Ritual Life

Orthodox Synagogue Reaches Century Mark

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Congregation B’nai Israel Ohev Zedek in Philadelphia turned 100 on May 22. Yet the Orthodox synagogue is “a very young shul now,” said Michael Bohm,...

Shir Ami a Hub for Reform Jewish Life

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When it opened in 1999, Shir Ami’s community mikveh became just the second of its kind at a Reform synagogue in the United States. Today...

Main Line Rabbi David Straus Retires After 24 Years

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Eric Settle, a Main Line Reform Temple member since 1973 and the synagogue’s president from 2014 to 2016, described Rabbi David Straus’ mindset as...

B’nai Jacob Brings Different Jews Together

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Congregation B’nai Jacob is a Conservative synagogue. But it is not just open to Conservative Jews. As the only synagogue in Phoenixville, it welcomes Jews...

90-plus Jewish Boys Become Men on Their Bar Mitzvah Days

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Jerry Weiner and David Solis go through the process a second time Huntington Valley resident Jerry Weiner and Jenkintown’s David Solis are 92 and 95,...

Congregation Brothers of Israel Welcoming to All

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People have different reasons for joining Congregation Brothers of Israel, but ultimately they have the same reason. The congregants at the Conservative synagogue in Newtown...

Or Zarua a Spiritual Home for Boomers

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For baby boomers whose kids are older now, synagogue is less of a necessity. They do not need a preschool, a religious school and...

Ambler Synagogue Growing Fast

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When Darchei Noam opened in Ambler last summer, its leaders expected maybe 100 people to join the new community. More than a year later, the...
In a dark room, Shabbat candles are being lit by a white woman. A person is standing next to her in the background.

Permanent Daylight Saving Proposal an Inconvenience for Orthodox Communities

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With the phrase “Jewish Standard Time” — which suggests a (stereotyped) propensity to show up to an event 15 minutes late — Jews have...

Jewish Baby Names Becoming Classic, Modern

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A May 2021 Pew Research Center study revealed that younger Jews in the United States were more likely than older generations to migrate to...