Ritual Life

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...
Henry Patterson and Chip Ellis

Rodeph Shalom, LGBTQ Synagogue Beth Ahavah Mark Dedication With Rainbow Mezuzah

Reform Congregation Rodeph Shalom and LGBTQ synagogue Beth Ahavah commemorated their merger with a ceremony in the newly dedicated Beth Ahavah Historical Sacred Space. The...
Eli Gabay and Rabbi Albert Gabbai look at Mikveh Israel Cemetery

Congregation Mikveh Israel Fundraises to Repair Historic Cemetery

Rabbi Albert Gabbai looked out onto the field of tombstones at Mikveh Israel Cemetery at Ninth and Spruce streets. At his feet was the...

Grad Network Initiative Supports Shabbat

Soon after the Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha shooting, Lyssia Katan and a dozen of her friends gathered around a Shabbat dinner of challah, stuffed...

Wilmington Synagogue Leaving Longtime Home

Feb. 3 was a day for memories, emotion and a look toward the future for Adas Kodesch Shel Emeth of Wilmington, Del. The synagogue, which...

Rabbanit to Launch South Philadelphia Shtiebel

Rabbanit Hadas “Dasi” Fruchter has figured out why she’s moving to Philadelphia this summer, and that reason is the South Philadelphia Shtiebel. Fruchter, the Orthodox...