February 1, 2004 |
All marriages are mixed, whether it be in politics, age or religion, says Bill Wine, Wyncote resident and associate professor of communication at La Salle University. Wine's own marriage is mixed religiously - he is Jewish, and his wife was raised Catholic - a pairing that gave him handy insights for his latest stage comedy, Mixed Doubles. The comedy will be performed by the King of Prussia Players beginning Friday. Framed in short scenes in one long act, Mixed Doubles looks at the marital ups and downs of three interfaith couples who play tennis together.
July 18, 2001 |
With jury selection scheduled to begin next month in the murder trial of Rabbi Fred J. Neulander, the judge who will preside over the case put the finishing touches yesterday on a lengthy questionnaire to be filled out by prospective jurors. "I think the questions, as phrased, are focused and balanced and are more than adequate," said Camden County Superior Court Judge Linda G. Baxter, who has scheduled jury selection to start Aug. 20. The questionnaires, which have about 150 questions, are aimed at helping the prosecution and the defense select a jury to fairly decide the case against Rabbi Neulander, 59, who is accused of arranging the November 1994 killing of his wife, Carol.
July 20, 1994 |
Lena Romanoff's advice to concerned Jewish parents is simple: Forbid your children to date non-Jews. Forbid? Yes, said Romanoff, that's a very strong word to use with teenagers, but she is adamant that it is the only way to prevent interfaith marriages and the problems that may arise from such unions. Romanoff, 45, a convert to Judaism from Roman Catholicism, is the director of the Jewish Converts & Interfaith Network and has been counseling interfaith couples for 20 years.
May 4, 1994 |
PORTLAND, ORE. SOURCES: DEAL CUT IN KERRIGAN CASE The three men accused of plotting with Tonya Harding's ex-husband to hobble skater Nancy Kerrigan struck plea bargains that will get them 18 months in jail, sources say. Shawn Eckardt, Shane Stant and Derrick Smith agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy to commit assault, legal sources close to the case said yesterday. Any fines will be set by the judge at sentencing May 16. Smith confirmed his own agreement. "I'm happy that it's finally happened," he said.
October 29, 1992 |
When 5-year-old Robin Heagy asked the time-honored question during a Passover Seder in April - "Why is this night different from all other nights?" - what was different during that night's ceremony was that her father, instead of her maternal grandfather, answered the question. Robin's father, Jeffrey, was raised Roman Catholic, but no longer professes the Christian faith. Her mother, Debbie, is Jewish. In years before, Debbie's father conducted the Seder ceremony. But thanks to an educational program for interfaith families at the Shir Ami Bucks County Jewish Congregation in Newtown Township, Jeffrey Heagy was able to assume the traditional role for a father in a Jewish household.
April 29, 2005 |
Rabbi Aileen Hollander dreams of the day when she does not have to carry her congregation's Torah in from her car to prepare for a service. Hollander's relatively young flock, Beth Chaim Reform Congregation, has wandered Chester County, often using churches, public schools and conference rooms to hold services. Its travels are expected to end next year, when the congregation plans to open a $2.6 million synagogue in East Whiteland Township. "I don't think we appreciate how much less work there will be," she said.
May 18, 1994 |
Seated in a black leather swivel chair, her chin-length hair in a perfect bob, Harriet Young picks up her clipboard and goes to work. Her job is to find the perfect mate for the client seated across from her. The line of questioning begins: Where did you go to school? What do you do for a living? How would someone else describe you? Sunlight streams in, warming the room. The sticker on the file cabinet says "Lookin' for Love. " But if at first this place seems like an ordinary dating service, Young's questions soon take a distinct turn: When was the last time you went to synagogue?
May 5, 1998 |
When Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua walked into Miss Daniel's eighth-grade classroom yesterday at the St. Maria Goretti Parish in Hatfield, you might have thought a firecracker had gone off, judging by the way 65 people jumped to their feet. Reflex? Parochial school training? Three nuns in the back if the classroom? None of the above. "It's him," said Lillian Delaney, a Telford resident who made a special trip to Hatfield to catch a glimpse of the cardinal. "I sort of put him in the same category as [former Philadelphia Cardinal]
July 19, 1998 |
Cheltenham Township once was a vibrant frontier of Jewish life in the region. Sitting just over the city line in Montgomery County, it remains the home of 13 percent of Southeastern Pennsylvania's Jews, seven synagogues, and such important institutions as Gratz College, the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, and the Perelman-Schechter Day School. Lately, though, there is a nervous buzz in the air. Jewish residents can't help but wonder: Has their community lost its cachet for young Jews?
April 6, 2003 |
The 1990 National Jewish Population Survey sent a shock wave through the American Jewish community by finding that 28 percent of U.S. Jews were intermarried and that in the previous five years, 52 percent of marriages had been to non-Jews. One outgrowth of the study has been increased programming for intermarried couples. A "Passover Seder Workshop for Interfaith Couples and Families," hosted last Sunday by Or Hadash synagogue in Fort Washington, was one such program. The event was organized by Faithways Interfaith Family Support Network, which the Jewish Family & Children's Service started five years ago as a pilot program in response to the 1990 survey.