Ritual Life

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...
Sonia Gordon-Walinsky holds a pasuk calligraphy piece.

Calligrapher Sonia Gordon-Walinsky Embraces Art of Pasuk

  It was in the 1600s that the idea of Hibbut Hakever first emerged, whereupon a person entering the afterlife will meet the Angel of...
Jonathan and Ashwinnie Tahan sit at their Jewish-Hindu wedding

The Joys and Struggles of Planning an Interfaith Wedding

By Samantha Cooper These days, when a Jew gets married, it’s likely to be to a non-Jewish partner. The famous Pew study of 2013 found...
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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...
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Lighten Up Passover Meals With Salads

One of the biggest problems with the week of Pesach is that so much of the food is heavy. Eggs, oil, matzah meal and...
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Unexpected Moments From the Bar/Bat Mitzvah Chronicles

Bar and Bat Mitzvahs often are positioned as a highlight of childhood (and a bridge to adulthood), but they just as often have some...

Unaffiliated Jews Get Creative for Bar and Bat Mitzvahs

There was no question that the Danskys of Livingston, New Jersey, were going to have their children Bar and Bat Mitzvahed. There was also...
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Making a Market in Dvar Torah Ghostwriting

The first paid writing job I ever held was as a Bar Mitzvah speech ghostwriter. This was a few years after my own Bar Mitzvah...