Ritual Life


K.I.’s Library: Booked for the Limelight

Over the past year, the Clarence L. and Estelle S. Meyers Library at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park has undergone a $20,000...

A Shul Softens the Blow for a Grieving Mother

Avivah Raziel, who helps bring life into the world as a neonatal nurse, was at work at Hadassah Hospital on Aug. 9, 2001, when...

A ‘Renaissance Man’ Retires From Pulpit

Although Jewish causes were a significant part of his Brooklyn upbringing - his father was president of their Orthodox shul, and was also involved...

A Mound of Material on the Shoah

Though the Holocaust is a topic many find difficult to read about, let alone write about, 100 local sixth-graders tackled the challenge head on. In...

Synagogue Greets 30 With Evening Bash

Hoping, quite literally, for some kind of miracle, Jeff Landsman slipped a desperately scrawled note into a crevice in the Western Wall. On his...

Neither Wind Nor Rain Can Stop These Spirited Congregants

Temple Brith Kodesh renovated a duplex on Frontenac and Wellington streets in Northeast Philadelphia 50 years ago, taking what was just a house and...
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Thirty Become B’nai Mitzvah During Mission Trip

From teens to grandparents, 30 men and women from the area celebrated their B'nai Mitzvah in Israel during a December 2012 mission trip organized...

Coffee Talk

There's always that one little group in town you've never heard of, the one that flies below the radar - that, in passing, people...

A Rabbi’s Crusade: Mezuzahs in Every Home

With a large black kipah slightly askew atop a mat of graying hair, and strands of his flowing beard branching off in all directions,...

Bucking a Trend, Rodeph Shalom Starts to Expand

Meet Dena Herrin: a Hebrew school drop-out who married a practicing Catholic — and then went on to become president of one of the...