Ritual Life

Rabbi Susan Silverman, Rabbi Yoshi Zweiback, Tiffany Haddish, Aliza Rose Silverman and Billy Crystal

Tiffany Haddish’s Celebrity-Filled Bat Mitzvah, in Photos

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By Gabe Friedman / JTA Tiffany Haddish celebrated her bat mitzvah Tuesday night surrounded by an array of Jewish celebrity friends, including Billy Crystal, Chelsea...
Vicki Rubenstein, Debbie Mendelson, Marcie Cohn and Debra Cohen

A Second Chance to Make a First Bat Mitzvah

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The phrase adult bar or bat mitzvah, if not an apparent contradiction in terms, reads with some incongruity. Why would you need a bar...
Rabbi Rayzel Raphael performing a wedding

Independent Clergy Find Place in Community

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It’s fairly typical for a rabbi to seek out a congregation to call home. But for some, a pulpit rabbinate isn’t for them. Greater Philadelphia...
Brandon Bowman and friends at the Western Wall

Why Hebrew School Students Choose Confirmation

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Mia Schwartzberg grew up looking up at a photo of her father on a wall at Main Line Reform Temple. That wall was filled with...
Cantor Lynn Torgove leads vocal warmups with Kol Arev

The Cantorate’s Future Is Bright at Hebrew College

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NEWTON CENTRE, MASSACHUSETTS — On a bright Monday morning, about 10 miles west of Boston, a group — mostly rabbis and cantors in training...
Rabbi Bec Richman writes holy texts at a desk

The Growing Ranks of Female Scribes

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It was never inconceivable that Linda Coppleson would be doing this. At least to her, anyway. Coppleson, 69, grew up in a shul dedicated to...
the ice hockey team with their bronze medals

Tefillin, for the Win?

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By Matt Silver It’s common for hockey players to wrap and get wrapped before games — stick blades and handles, skates and ankles and knees....
Jack and Jordanna Ufberg

Joint Bar Mitzvah Project Aids African Villages

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Like many other teens preparing for their Bar or Bat Mitzvah, Jack Ufberg, 12, of Penn Valley is raising money for the less fortunate. The...
a man holds a smart phone

Shabbat Offers Reprieve From Constant Technology Demands

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Jews have kept Shabbat over history, just as Shabbat has kept the Jews, poet and philosopher Asher Zvi Hirsch Ginsberg wrote. Those words are increasingly...
A window with Coming Soon South Philly Shtiebel painted on

South Philadelphia Shtiebel Debuts With Kabbalat Shabbat Service

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There was so much that made the first Kabbalat Shabbat service on July 19 at the South Philadelphia Shtiebel a special affair. That it was...