Ritual Life

Opinion | What Synagogues Can Learn from the Political Conventions

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

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

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...
Torah scroll

Torah Akin to Modern-Day GPS

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...
man fixing eruv

Eruv Maintenance Tricky in a Pandemic

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...

Synagogues Ponder Yellow Phase Changes

Philadelphia-area synagogues examine their options as the region moves into the yellow phase.
Ancient scrolls of papyrus paper with Hebrew text

A Daf a Day, in Quarantine

South Philadelphia Shtiebel’s Rabbanit Dasi Fruchter and a coterie of students — numbering more than a basketball team, but fewer than a minyan —...
Alana Ufberg

11-Year-Old Sews ‘Superhero’ Masks For Charity

At 11, Alana Ufberg already knows that not all superheroes wear capes. Increasingly, she’s noticed, they wear masks. By the time Gov. Tom Wolf called on...
David Broza sings at the Global Gathering for Healing, which drew thousands online.

What Does Prayer Feel Like Right Now?

Thousands of Conservative Jews from around the world gathered together for prayer, song and a little Torah learning on April 5. It wasn’t in person,...
A student uses the online library Sefaria to read Torah.

Torah and TikTok: Not Your Dad’s Bar Mitzvah

While their parents may have relied on tape recorders and CDs for their own b’nei mitzvah preparations, students today learning to chant Torah can...