Ritual Life

Lower Merion Synagogue a ‘Huge Extended Family’

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It’s Friday night in Bala Cynwyd. The sun is setting. Work is ending for the week. Jewish families within a mile or two of Old...

Congregation Beth El – Ner Tamid Stresses Flexibility to Attract Congregants

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By Gall Sigler At a time when Conservative congregations are struggling to draw members, Congregation Beth El – Ner Tamid in Broomall takes a unique...

Main Line Reform Temple Welcomes New, Familiar Rabbi

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Main Line Reform Temple-Beth Elohim opened in 1952 with 55 founding families and meetings in the Ardmore Women’s Club. Later that year, the first...

Kehilat HaNahar Celebrates a Decade with Rabbi Diana Miller

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In March of 2011, Rabbi Sandy Roth, the founder of Kehilat HaNahar in New Hope and the only leader it had known in 17...

You Should Know…Matthew Bussy

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Matthew Bussy is the program director for Philadelphia Jewish Film and Media. He started working for the nonprofit organization when it was still just...

Philadelphia Native Playing for Israel in Maccabiah Games

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Growing up in an Orthodox household, absorbing her community’s strong Zionist values, studying Torah at Stern Hebrew High School in Northeast Philadelphia, Aviva Menche...

Kol Ami Echoes Voice of the People

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On June 26 at M’kor Shalom in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, Rabbi Jennifer Frenkel took the Torahs out of the ark and handed them...

Keneseth Israel Starts a New Era

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With its 800 families, 175 years of history and important programs like the Temple Judea Museum, Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park remains...

Kesher Israel Reopening, Reconnecting

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Rabbi Shelley Goldman arrived at Kesher Israel Congregation in West Chester in July 2020. One month later, the pandemic forced the synagogue to become...

Beth El in Yardley Hires New Rabbi

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It’s not every day that a man from California falls in love with a town in the Philadelphia suburbs and migrates across the country. But...