July 21, 2014 |
'Did you make it to the bottom?" everyone asked when we got back from the Grand Canyon. "Of course we did," I answered - but it took five days and a father-son journey to get there. My son Ivan and I have enjoyed backpacking in the Pennsylvania wilderness, and our appetite for the Southwest was whetted four years ago on a family trip to Grand Canyon National Park. Ivan and I hiked most of the way down until an early sunset and common sense led us to pledge to come back to celebrate my 50th birthday with a father-son backpacking trip.
April 10, 2014 |
Ralph S. Snyder, 91, of Bala Cynwyd, a Philadelphia lawyer, volunteer worker for Jewish charities, and master storyteller, died Monday, April 7, of congestive heart failure at his home. Born and raised in Harrisburg, Mr. Snyder graduated from Pennsylvania State University and, in 1948, the Dickinson Law School. He served as an Army weatherman in Reykjavik, Iceland, during World War II. Mr. Snyder worked in Harrisburg as a deputy attorney general from 1949 to 1963, when he was invited to join the Philadelphia law firm Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis.
May 14, 2013
Geza Vermes, 88, a translator of the Dead Sea Scrolls and renowned for books exploring the Jewish background of Jesus, died Wednesday, David Ariel, president of the Oxford Center for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, said Saturday. Mr. Vermes had an early interest in the Dead Sea Scrolls, a cache of documents written between 200 B.C. and A.D. 200 which were discovered in caves at Qumran, near Jericho, between 1947 and 1956. Mr. Vermes published the first English translation of the scrolls in 1962.
July 17, 2009 |
Stephen Ehrlich, 84, an accountant and a committed Zionist whose family fled Germany after the violence that accompanied the rise of Nazism touched it personally, died Wednesday at Penn Medicine at Rittenhouse after a stroke. Mr. Ehrlich spent most of his professional career as chief financial officer for Rayco and Bright Star Industries, makers of batteries and flashlights. His family escaped Adolf Hitler and the Nazis after a bomb exploded in his father's food factory in Frankfurt in 1936.
July 24, 2005 |
"Shalom, Shalom. " Rabbi Rayzel Raphael is bringing her message to a new home at Beth Israel Congregation in Woodbury. Music and song will be the method she uses to deliver that message to the 50 families in the congregation. "Music bypasses the rational mind and can unlock the heart as well as the soul. It's as essential as food," Raphael said. "Music sets the tone and names the themes in what debates and discussions never could. " Raphael said she would play music that conveys the needs of the congregation, working the fine line between upbeat concert tones and the comfortable and supportive sounds of healing services.
March 5, 2000 |
"A human being is a ladder placed on earth whose top touches heaven," says David S. Ariel, outlining the theme of a talk he delivered last weekend as scholar-in-residence at Ohev Shalom synagogue of Bucks County. Ariel, president of the Cleveland College of Jewish Studies, has written three books on what he calls "spiritual Judaism. " He aims to do no less than "restore heart and soul to Jewish life. " It's a tall order. Faith and spiritual fervor have not been at the core of mainstream synagogue culture in this century.
September 24, 1999 |
Dr. Salo Weindling, 88, of Lower Makefield Township, a teacher, linguist and poet, died Monday on Yom Kippur, Judaism's highest holy day. He died at St. Mary Medical Center in Middletown Township. Dr. Weindling had taught his grandsons Hebrew, German and Latin through telephone conversations and helped them prepare for the Torah readings at their bar mitzvahs. Only hours before his death, he was teaching Hebrew to a close friend. "He was a superb teacher, and his students were perennial winners in German-language competitions," said his daughter, Hannah Helen Cohen.
November 25, 1998 |
It was a night for the children - until their parents heard about it. Peter Nero, the pianist, composer and conductor who this year is celebrating the 20th anniversary season of Peter Nero and the Philly Pops, was invited to speak at Har Zion Temple on Monday night. But of the 125 or so in the audience, adults outnumbered students. Once parents and grandparents learned that Nero would be there as part of the Jewish cultures program for the Har Zion High School of Jewish Studies, they asked to come, too, said Norman Einhorn, the principal of the school.
September 18, 1998 |
Gratz College has chosen as its next president a scholar in biblical studies from Connecticut who has a distinctive ability to mingle comfortably among each of the three main branches of Judaism. Jonathan Rosenbaum, 51, chairman of the University of Hartford's history department, established a respected Judaic studies program there and will take over at Gratz Oct. 1. Gratz's board of overseers will announce the appointment today and hopes Rosenbaum can boost enrollment and spark renewed interest among the area's Jewish community in the school's degree programs in Judaic and biblical studies.
June 2, 1998 |
Judah Goldin, 83, formerly of Swarthmore, a Jewish scholar and former professor at the University of Pennsylvania, died Saturday at Bryn Mawr Hospital. Professor Goldin died of respiratory failure after being in a coma for five days. A longtime resident of Swarthmore, he moved to the Quadrangle, an assisted-living facility in Haverford, three years ago. Professor Goldin, who was also a rabbi, was the world's leading authority on the Ethics of the Fathers, the best-known ethical treatise in Jewish literature, said Jeffrey Tigay, a friend and professor of Jewish studies at Penn.