Ritual Life

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Main Line Reform Gets Spruced Up for Shabbos

An army of construction workers has descended upon Main Line Reform Temple, Beth Elohim - banging hammers, drilling holes and rewiring electricity - as...
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New Shul’s About Urban Living, Social Justice

Sitting outside at a crowded West Philadelphia cafe and taking sips from an iced coffee as trolley cars intermittently clattered by along Baltimore Avenue,...

Kehillah Grows by Leaps and Bounds

Even with 23 organizations already under its belt, the Kehillah of Old York Road is still continuing to grow. Congregation Kol Ami, set to move...
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Philadelphians Recall a Rousing 55-Year Parade of Religious Life

For Diana Gottlieb, seeing the large ballroom at Beth Emeth-B'nai Yitzhok filled with more than 200 people dancing, singing and talking about the good...

The Right Place at the Right Time

Lubavitch of Bucks County has built a new center in Newtown where the Jews of the community can socialize, hang out, or just sit...
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Northeast Congregation Celebrates 80 Years of Being ‘Haimische’

The people at Temple Menorah Keneseth Chai take pride in their synagogue's warm, welcoming atmosphere - a place where everyone can feel at ease....
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Touching Up the Jewish Centers of City Life

Bryan schwartzman Jewish Exponent Staff Nearly 30 years ago Steve Dickstein, then a lawyer just getting his career going in Center City, needed to...
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Deep Southern Roots Find Firm Soil Up North

Growing up in Monroeville, Ala., Rabbi Jim Egolf and his family routinely drove for an hour-and-a-half to reach their Reform synagogue in Pensacola, Fla.,...
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From ‘City Slicker’ to Suburban Leader

Avraham Steinberg does not see much difference between working at an 800-member congregation on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and his new job...

Once a Holdout, K.I. Now Stands Behind the Jewish State

The American and Israeli flags make for a ubiquitous pairing inside Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, adorning the Elkins Park synagogue's sanctuary bimah, chapel, library...