April 2, 2014 |
They stood at the lectern to talk about the rabbi who had strengthened their connection to Judaism despite what some may call obstacles. Todd Shotz is gay. Ashlee Check isn't particularly observant. Both say Rabbi Seymour Rosenbloom helped them carve out their own way of being Jewish. Now the rabbi who has led Congregation Adath Jeshurun in Elkins Park for 36 years is retiring, in part, he says, because he doesn't want to stand in the way of a synagogue and a faith tradition in transition.
January 5, 2007 |
The former treasurer of a Montgomery County ambulance service pleaded guilty yesterday to masterminding the theft of $2.23 million from the nonprofit and using it to pay for things ranging from kitchen appliances to a daughter's bat mitzvah. Harvey S. Grossman, 48, exhibited no emotion as he admitted his guilt to each of 11 counts of theft, conspiracy and forgery. The charges carry maximum jail terms of more than 50 years. Sentencing was deferred. Grossman, dressed in a gray suit, left Montgomery County Court Judge William Carpenter's courtroom without comment.
February 15, 2012 |
DOUBLE CONGRATULATIONS for Fox 29 "Good Day" anchor Sheinelle Jones , who revealed on-air yesterday that she is pregnant with twins. Jones showed ultrasound photos of the babies during the show. She and her husband, Uche Ojeh , have a son, Kayin, 2 1/2. Jones is due in late summer. * Speaking of "Good Day," Jones' co-host, Mike Jerrick , has been selected to host the 30th annual Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards on Sept. 22 at the Philadelphia Hilton on City Avenue.
November 2, 1996 |
My source, Deep Kasha, found out that over at the Fineblooms, they've scrapped the chopped-liver sculpture of Bella Abzug. At the last minute, they switched to a whitefish statue of Golda Meir. Their party theme, you see, is Successful Women. How they overlooked Bette Midler, who would have looked Ab-Fab in whitefish or chopped liver, is beyond me. But I don't want to give them any of my ideas. In case you have no clue what I'm blathering about, your time will come. Jew or Gentile, Hebrew or Hindu, eventually you'll attend a Bar Mitzvah, the Jewish ceremony that honors a 13-year-old for becoming an adult, and a caterer for becoming a wealthy adult.
March 25, 1990 |
When Lindsay Weiss and her family thought about making her bat mitzvah as meaningful as possible, they turned to an obvious but unlikely place - the Soviet Union. The home town of her paternal grandfather is there. It's a tiny river town that once stood in Austria but decades ago fell under the domain of Poland and eventually the Soviet republics after World Wars I and II. The 12-year-old Bala Cynwyd Middle School student wanted to celebrate her entry into Jewish womanhood in the place of her ancestral roots, a daunting endeavor considering the shaky political climate in the Soviet Union when the family starting exploring the possibility two years ago. But after nine months of planning, her dream will come true.
May 21, 1996 |
You are my strength, Lord God, My trust since childhood . . . Do not cast me off in old age, Or forsake me when my strength fails. - Psalm 71:5, 9 "Ladies, if you want yarmulkes, we have them," Rabbi Dayle Friedman announced. Before her sat 13 women and three men dressed in white graduation robes. Eight were in wheelchairs. Three sat with metal walkers. Their average age was 85. "I've got my own hair," cracked one of the ladies. "I don't need a yarmulke. " The others laughed.
January 12, 2006 |
At 12, Jay Schaeffer of Gladwyn is on the circuit - so he has the ear of the top chefs at Philadelphia's Four Seasons hotel. Every weekend since September, Jay has attended a formal luncheon or dinner celebrating a bar or bat mitzvah - a Jewish coming-of-age ceremony - and he knows what kids his age want to eat at parties where parents are plunking down upward of $25,000: Filet mignon. He'll make do with skewered shrimp or a build-your-own quesadilla station, but please, no more chicken fingers.
May 31, 1996 |
They are coming from Frankford and Mount Airy. The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia has chartered a bus for several groups from West Philadelphia. There will be Girl Scouts and schoolchildren. Grandparents and babies. For one girl, it will be her chance to do a mitzvah. For Rosemary Matthews, it will be the culmination of weeks of planning. Organizers said the Stand for Children march in Washington tomorrow could find 20,000 Philadelphia-area residents at the Lincoln Memorial.
February 25, 2000 |
Max Adelsberg, 86, a former Richboro resident who retired years ago but never stopped working at his religious faith, died Wednesday at Osteopathic Hospital. He had suffered a heart attack and a stroke on Feb. 11. Long active in the Jewish community and as a member of Congregation Ohev Shalom in Richboro, Mr. Adelsberg was known for the strength of his convictions and the nurturing attitude he took toward others, especially children. Allan Silverberg, a longtime friend, said Mr. Adelsberg, who was known as Uncle Max, "always tried to see the positive in everyone.
October 20, 1990 |
Thirteen-year-old Nancy Sigmund sent her final message to her best friend from her hospital bed. It was delivered by Rabbi Elliot Perlstein yesterday during the Bucks County funeral for 12-year-old Amy Rockower, an eighth grader from Richboro, and it was simple but deeply felt. "Amy, you will always be in my heart," it read. "I will remember you forever. " The friends were riding together on a school bus to Holland Junior High School on Wednesday morning when a 35-foot steel beam extending from the front of a truck sliced through the window.