December 7, 2015
Hanukkah begins at sunset Sunday, and there will be six menorahs to light at Paula Goldstein's house. "So we actually could set a nice little fire," said Goldstein, 58, president and chief executive of Jewish Family and Children's Service of Greater Philadelphia (JFCS), a $13 million organization celebrating its 160th anniversary this year. "One menorah somebody gave us, one we got when we were married, and then my children each have their own menorah, so we light them all," she said.
October 20, 2015 |
From the ground level, the crowd looked like a restless bunch being ordered to stay put on a Cherry Hill soccer field on a chilly fall afternoon. But from bird's-eye view, their formation illustrated it clearly: a candle base supporting nine candles, each topped with a small flame. "It looks like a menorah!" Alison Platt-Tarnopol declared, a hint of surprise and perhaps relief in her voice, after a drone captured an aerial photo. The largest human menorah - and an expected world record - that is. At final count, 309 participants took part Sunday in the officially recognized attempt at setting a Guinness World Record for the formation; it would be the first such record.
December 22, 2014
ISSUE | HOME TEAM Christie's playing wrong side of field Gov. Christie cannot be elected president, and it isn't because he could not win a Republican nomination battle fought largely on the right. Christie has doomed himself in a general election because no politician whose base of support is in the Northeast could afford to lose Pennsylvania, and no one can win Pennsylvania without faring well in the Philadelphia metropolitan area, where the bulk of the state's voters live.
December 17, 2014 |
Whether the miracle of the first Hanukkah is fact or legend - oil enough for just one day is said to have burned in the Temple lamps for eight - not all Jews agree. But devoutly orthodox Rabbi Abraham Shemtov believes in miracles, and why not? Forty years ago he witnessed a kind of Hanukkah miracle, right on Independence Mall. Better yet, he helped create it, and has watched it spread around the world. On Dec. 14, 1974, Shemtov and four other men of the Lubavitcher sect of Hasidic Judaism gathered on Independence Mall to light what is thought to be the first menorah, or Hanukkah candelabrum, ever illuminated on public property in the world.
April 14, 2013 |
THREE DECADES after the last Jewish congregation in West Philly left for the Main Line, a new one is growing in a neighborhood that once held a vibrant Jewish community of synagogues, shops and, of course, bakeries. Congregation Kol Tzedek's creation story goes back to the mid-2000s, when rabbi-in-training Lauren Grabelle Herrmann began talking up the idea of starting a congregation in the neighborhood. "When I mentioned it, my neighbor on Farragut Street said, 'I have the menorah from the last synagogue in West Philadelphia.' " (That would be Congregation Beth Hamedrosh-Beth Jacob, which was a holdout into the '80s at 60th and Larchwood)
December 23, 2011 |
A day after a six-foot menorah was reported missing from a Haddonfield park, the third night of Hanukkah was celebrated as scheduled - with the public lighting of an even bigger menorah. "It's painful," Rabbi Mendel Mangel of Chabad Lubavitch of Cherry Hill said of the apparent theft. But "we are going to respond by adding more good to world," he said. The 18-year-old congregation has placed a menorah at Haddon Avenue and Tanner Street every year for nearly a decade. On Thursday, the congregation lit its new, roughly 10-foot aluminum menorah in the park before more than 50 people.
December 22, 2011 |
A day after a six-foot menorah was reported missing from a Haddonfield park, the third night of Hanukkah was celebrated as scheduled - with the public lighting of an even bigger menorah. "It's painful," Rabbi Mendel Mangel, of Chabad Lubavitch of Cherry Hill, said of the apparent theft. But "we are going to respond by adding more good to world," he said. The 18-year-old congregation has placed a menorah at Library Point at Haddon Avenue and Tanner Street every year for nearly a decade.
December 11, 2009 |
The Jewish festival of lights begins at sundown tonight, and some say that to celebrate correctly this year, you might need a bicycle and a bottle of olive oil. That's because Hanukkah, which was a minor star on the celebratory horizon for generations, is being recast - again. And, just as at Hanukkah's 1879 reincarnation, Philadelphians are at ground zero of the shift. Rabbi Arthur Waskow of the Shalom Center in West Mount Airy, who is among the change-seekers, reminds all who will listen that the Hanukkah story is about one day's supply of oil lasting eight days.
December 11, 2009 |
Your home, no matter how small or shared its space, is your refuge, your shelter from storms, emotional or physical, that may be raging elsewhere. And the most comforting home is one that reflects your values. This month, whether you set up an evergreen topped with a shining star or a menorah with tapered candles, you are doing far more than decorating. Tonight marks the start of Hanukkah, the eight-day Jewish Festival of Lights. At sundown, when at least three stars can be counted in the night sky, the first Hanukkah candle is lit along with a shamash, or helper candle used to light and stand guard over the rest.
December 4, 2007 |
When I called my dad on the first night of Hanukkah a few years ago, I mentioned that we had just lit the menorah and given our daughter her first present. I didn't mention that there was a Christmas tree shining at me from across the living room. My family never was very religious, but we celebrated the holidays - and even though Hanukkah is a minor Jewish holiday, it looms large for children. My wife isn't very religious either, but, born a Presbyterian, she likes to have a Christmas tree.