Ritual Life

Or Ami in Lafayette Hill Updating its Sanctuary

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Sometimes, an institution’s public relations description of its project actually does sum it up quite well. In a recent Facebook post, Congregation Or Ami in...

Ohev Shalom Continues to Survive and Grow

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Ohev Shalom of Bucks County opened in 1976 — just as Jews were moving to the area — and, in that time, it has...

Former Journalist Finds Calling Later in Life — as a Rabbi

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What if you found your calling after your first career ended — when you were already passing middle age? Would you pursue it? Or would...
Fran Costigan is a white woman with red hair wearing a black chef's apron and holding a whisk and bowl filled with melted chocolate.

Lactose Intolerants Make Shavuot Ritual Easier to Stomach

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It doesn’t take a Torah scholar to know that God promised the Israelites a land overflowing with milk and honey, not a land overflowing...

BTBJ Welcomes New (But Familiar) Leaders

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It’s a new era at Beth Tikvah-B’nai Jeshurun in Erdenheim. In a May 17 email, the synagogue announced the hiring of a new senior rabbi...

Former Neo-Nazi Converting to Judaism

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Fred Cook, by his own admission, is a man in search of an identity. From his teenage years through his early 30s, he filled that...

Orthodox Synagogue Reaches Century Mark

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Congregation B’nai Israel Ohev Zedek in Philadelphia turned 100 on May 22. Yet the Orthodox synagogue is “a very young shul now,” said Michael Bohm,...

Shir Ami a Hub for Reform Jewish Life

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When it opened in 1999, Shir Ami’s community mikveh became just the second of its kind at a Reform synagogue in the United States. Today...

Main Line Rabbi David Straus Retires After 24 Years

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Eric Settle, a Main Line Reform Temple member since 1973 and the synagogue’s president from 2014 to 2016, described Rabbi David Straus’ mindset as...

B’nai Jacob Brings Different Jews Together

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Congregation B’nai Jacob is a Conservative synagogue. But it is not just open to Conservative Jews. As the only synagogue in Phoenixville, it welcomes Jews...