April 21, 2016 |
At her family's Passover seder last April, Rabbi Debra Orenstein opted for the layered look: an ordinary T-shirt topped by a purple-and-black blouse made in India - and very likely sewn in a sweatshop by slave labor. At the moment when the seder's leader typically holds up a piece of matzo and declares, "This is the bread of affliction" - symbolizing the ancient Israelites' enslavement and hasty flight from Egypt - Orenstein startled her guests by peeling off the Indian blouse. "This," she announced, "is the shirt of affliction!"
April 4, 2015 |
This weekend welcomes two holidays. There will be Easter eggs and candy for some, seders and matzo for others, as Christians celebrate Easter on Sunday and Jews begin their eight-day observance of Passover at sundown Friday. Easter If you're celebrating Easter, here are a few places where you can hop on down the bunny trail. Let the great egg hunt begin! Stenton Easter Egg Hunt. 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday. Search for eggs and chocolates at the colonial home of William Penn's secretary James Logan.
November 29, 2012 |
Hello there Two weeks after moving to Los Angeles, Cory was on set for the taping of his first acting gig: a commercial for a circus school. "What am I doing with my life?" he asked himself. Then a blonde acrobat flew overhead, ending all existential thought. Cory grew up in Texas and Ohio, and moved to Los Angeles in 2009 after earning an international affairs degree from George Washington University. He wanted to make friends in his new city, and it wouldn't hurt if one of them was gorgeous and graceful.
March 22, 2012 |
On the other end of the phone line, Joshua Nelson is breaking into a traditional cantorial rendition of "Adon Olom , " the Hebrew prayer that ends most Shabbat morning services. In an instant, your whole childhood sitting in synagogue emerges vividly in deep, operatic vibrato. There's no doubt that Nelson - an African American Jew who traces his Jewish roots to Senegal and Romania - can do 15th-century traditional singing. But then he ramps into his own version of "Adon Olom , " in a style he calls "kosher gospel" - drawn from his devotion to both old-fashioned Mahalia Jackson-style gospel and traditional Jewish worship - and a whole new world of spiritual reckoning comes into being.
April 27, 2011 |
IN THE CALM before the Game 7 storm last night at the Wells Fargo Center, Broad Street Bully gazed out at the ice and wondered, "Will the crowd be roaring, 'Booosh!' or 'Booo!'?" By the second period, he realized that it would be "Booosh!" all the way. Brian Boucher made 26 saves on 28 shots last night as the Flyers beat the Buffalo Sabres, 5-2, to advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals. "The floodgates finally opened," said relieved and happy lifelong die-hard Mike Greenspun, 50, of Cherry Hill.
April 2, 2010 |
To adorn his Passover table, J.A. Joel could find no sweet paste to represent the mortar that Jews used to build Egyptian storehouses. Instead, he used the closest symbol he could find - a brick. Joel had no choice but to improvise. He was in the Union Army on the front lines of the Civil War, but still he found a way to observe the festival that marks the Israelites' freedom from slavery. That scene, which Joel later recounted in a letter, was reenacted last week as part of a yearlong program in the Philadelphia region to illuminate the lives of Jews during the War Between the States.
December 10, 2009 |
Sallie Ruth MacCorkell, 84, an English teacher at Philadelphia High School for Girls for 28 years, died of heart failure Dec. 2 at Cathedral Village in Andorra. Miss MacCorkell graduated from Girls High in 1942. After earning a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Pennsylvania in 1946, she taught at Agnes Irwin, a Main Line private school for girls. In 1954, she returned to Girls High as an English teacher. While there, she earned a master's degree in English from Penn.
November 18, 2008 |
Donna E. Arzt, 53, formerly of Levittown, a professor of international law at Syracuse University who aided families who lost loved ones in the explosion of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, died Saturday at Crouse Hospital in Syracuse, N.Y. The cause of death was multiple systems atrophy, a neurological disease. Ms. Arzt was the director of the Lockerbie Trial Families Project. The project, established with a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, kept families of the 270 victims of the 1988 explosion informed about trial proceedings of the terrorists accused of bombing the plane.
April 22, 2008 |
At Passover seders throughout the region last weekend, Jewish families gathered to retell the story of the Exodus from Egypt. Each generation keeps the story alive for the next. But for the family of Delcy Weinberg, 82, of Northeast Philadelphia, the seder has an additional significance. She is descended from a community of Turkish Jews whose native tongue, Ladino, is near extinction. Nearly 100 of Weinberg's kin - some from as far as South Carolina and Florida - attended the family's 26th annual seder Sunday night at the Westin Hotel in Mount Laurel.
April 18, 2008 |
Tomorrow night, all around the world, Jewish families with their friends and guests will sit around the Passover table to celebrate and reexperience the event that has left the deepest mark in the history of the Jewish people: the exodus from Egypt. According to data from the 1990 National Jewish Population Survey, more people celebrate Passover than any other Jewish holiday. Why? Let's understand what Passover is. According to the Book of Genesis and rabbinic literature, Jacob and his family went down to Egypt leaving behind a severe famine in the land of Canaan.