Ritual Life

Penn Group Jewish Heritage Programs Breaks Shabbat Dinner Record

Close to 2,000 students lit candles and served challah across University of Pennsylvania’s campus on Oct. 12 as part of the Jewish Heritage Programs’...

A Reconstructionist Shul Grows in West Philly

It was a stormy night, the rain coming down in steady sheets, and a line of multicolored umbrellas snaked its way into Cavalry United...

Myriad Worshippers Find Meaning in Fasting

The day plays out much the same way every year, around when summer transitions into fall. Thirst. Hunger pangs around mealtimes. For a coffee drinker,...

A Shabbat Dinner to Serve All Summer

I began with the best of intentions. For years, I made rich meals for Shabbat dinners all year round, but in the summer, even...

New Torahs Help With Accessibility

Congregation Beth El-Ner Tamid has a few unexpected connections to a state more than 600 miles away. When Pope Francis came to town in 2015,...

Drexel Hillel Receives Torah Accessories

One Yom Kippur, while reading the English translations of some of the prayers in the siddur, Renee Weiss Chase came across a passage that...

Grain-Free Pet Food Part of Passover Kashrut

Beth Yount of Bala Cynwyd can say with certainty that Passover pet food options have become easier to find during the more than 20...

Speeches Present Learning Opportunity for Bar and Bat Mitzvahs

Your palms are sweaty. Knees weak, arms are heavy. No, you’re not Eminem; you’re a probably-a-little-bit-nervous 13-year-old about to give your speech at your Bar or...

‘Inseparable’ Since the Start

What Started as the Intention for a Small Wedding Led to More Than 150 Guests Wedding planning can be a daunting task, but Jada Littman...

An Effort to Infuse More About Israel into Jewish Summer Camp

A new initiative that’s pushing for more Israel education at Jewish summer camps is the collaborative project of three organizations with a shared goal:...