September 23, 2015 |
In the empty sanctuary at Richboro's Ohev Shalom synagogue on Friday, the temple's rabbi, cantor, and Hebrew school principal huddled around an iPhone 6. They were critiquing a rough cut of their educational video about the Avinu Malkeinu prayer, a request for God's blessings that is recited during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. "I think we need to hear more of you," Rabbi Eliott Perlstein told the cantor, Annelise Ocanto-Romo. "Your singing needs to be part of the lead-in. " Ohev Shalom's congregants received the four-minute video over the weekend in an email blast that encouraged them to forward it to friends.
September 14, 2015 |
There will be a couple of innovations this Rosh Hashanah at Torah Links of South Jersey, in Cherry Hill: One of the services will be shorter than usual, and there will be more prayers in English. Other than that, as it will be across the region and the world, familiar holiday traditions - prayers, songs, the blowing of shofars, and reflection in synagogues - will be observed as the Jewish high holidays begin with Rosh Hashanah at sundown Sunday. The sound of the shofar - a ram's horn - will announce the start of the holidays.
September 11, 2015 |
Confession: I have never had a tuna-noodle casserole. I don't know what that is, exactly, and don't harbor much curiosity. It just doesn't sound that appealing to me. You, on the other hand, may have grown up eating some variation of this unfussy, belly-filling comfort food that laughs in the face of low-carb diet fads. For me, that comfort food is kugel. This catchall genre of starchy, egg-bound casserole shows up at almost every Jewish holiday table in one form or another.
October 1, 2014 |
RABBI DAVID KUSHNER is having a rough start to the Jewish New Year. "We're trying to look at this situation positively," Kushner, of Rhawnhurst, told the Daily News last night. "The year can only get better from here. " Early Thursday, his Ford Explorer was torched as it sat parked in the lot next to the Rodef Sholom Synagogue in Atlantic City, the rabbi said. Kushner recently became the synagogue's rabbi, and had parked the SUV in the lot Wednesday night before conducting Rosh Hashanah services.
September 26, 2014 |
A SEPTA janitorial worker and the transit agency are fighting over the worker's dismissal for refusing to work on holy days, including Rosh Hashanah. Romel McAlpin of Germantown was fired last year by SEPTA for refusing to work on Rosh Hashanah and Oct. 12, his Sabbath. McAlpin, according to legal documents, is an adherent of the Israelite Church of God in Jesus Christ, a sect that observes Jewish holy days and marks the Sabbath from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday. McAlpin, a maintenance custodian in subway tunnels, notified SEPTA of his religious beliefs shortly after he was hired in May 2012, according to a legal brief filed by Transport Workers Union Local 234. SEPTA permitted McAlpin to trade days off with other workers to accommodate his beliefs, but only with workers with less seniority, citing seniority clauses in its union contract.
September 25, 2014 |
Rabbi Yisroel Serebrowski returned to a study table holding a polished black shofar, or ram's horn. He raised it to his lips and blew, sending out a series of high, squeaky notes. He scowled. "I could do better," he said. He blew again, this time puffing his cheeks. This time, the shofar emitted a series of long, plaintive notes that filled the small sanctuary of Torah Links of South Jersey, his center for traditional Torah study in Cherry Hill. "This is the sound of Rosh Hashanah," he said.
September 19, 2014 |
Back-to-school energy pervades September - even decades past graduation. For Jews around the world, this sense is heightened by the overlapping of the Jewish New Year. Rosh Hashanah, literally "head of the year," celebrates ending and beginning again. As part of the annual High Holiday rituals of taking stock, making amends, and looking forward there are opportunities for feasting and fasting, and always there are wishes for a "sweet new year. " That translates at the table to a widespread tradition of eating apples and honey, and other treats at the holiday table.
September 5, 2013 |
To prepare students for Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year, Rabbi Danielle Stillman thought about the bees. The four hives of pollinators on the Ursinus College organic farm had lessons to teach, about tradition and responsibility. "Honey is one of the symbols of the holiday, to wish for a sweet new year," said Stillman, adviser to the Montgomery County school's Hillel, a Jewish campus organization. But the plight of honeybees, a threatened population that pollinates fruits and vegetables, also offers lessons about the environment for the faithful in a religion that has a lot to say about stewardship of the earth, the rabbi said.
May 25, 2013 |
An Evesham school board member accused of making anti-Semitic statements at Thursday's meeting says she was misunderstood. But there were calls for Rosemary Bernardi's resignation after she allegedly called for non-Jewish residents to seek election to the board to offset the Jewish presence on it. "I have apologized," Bernardi said Friday. "But they were two separate statements. " A seven-year member of Evesham's school board and a former president, Bernardi is also a vice president of the New Jersey Association of School Boards.