Ritual Life

Coffee Talk

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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

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With a large black kipah slightly askew atop a mat of graying hair, and strands of his flowing beard branching off in all directions,...
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Bucking a Trend, Rodeph Shalom Starts to Expand

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

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Religious school students, parents, board members and other congregants from Rodeph Shalom gathered outside the historic synagogue on the northern edge of Center City...
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Congregants Welcome An Ex-Offender

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A 77-year-old Jewish man convicted of rape gets a chance to start over with a little help from congregants at Beth Sholom.    Bob Lankin and...
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Finding Their Way

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While intermarried couples still face obstacles when it comes to finding their place in the Jewish community, the merger of a local and national...
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Can You Top This?

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  hat Jews put on their heads before they pray is a deeply personal choice. Which is exactly why there are so many choices of...
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Thinking Twice About 
Bubbe Meises

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  Are you wary of black cats, first steps, empty ovens and opened ladders? Do you smell the Havdalah candle after it is extinguished? Do...
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The Power of Prayer, the Power in Prayer

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  Hazzan Harold Messinger of Beth Am Israel in Penn Valley wrote the following prayer this week, reflecting on the storm and its aftermath. Editor’s Note: Hazzan Harold...
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Steel Town Synagogue Turns 100

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  In September 1912, Lewis and Matilda Fink were among a group of shop owners in Phoenixville who joined together to found Congregation B’nai Jacob,...

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