Ritual Life

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...
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Rodeph Shalom Heralds Start of Building Expansion

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

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...

Finding Their Way

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?

  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

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

The Power of Prayer, the Power in Prayer

  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...

Steel Town Synagogue Turns 100

  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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