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December 20, 2009 | By Melissa Gittelman FOR THE INQUIRER
On Friday evenings in Jerusalem, after the sun lies down to rest, the Jewish people close their shops and restaurants in preparation for Shabbat. From sundown Friday to sundown Saturday, technology and labor cease, and rest and religion commence. I was brought up in a very secular household, and tradition and rituals like this never played an important role in my life. So when Friday evening arrived on my first visit to Jerusalem, I'd forgotten how sacred the Sabbath is to religious Jews.
NEWS
February 11, 2000 | By Cynthia J. McGroarty, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Richard Berlin, a composer and performer of liturgical and choral works, will be the featured guest at seminary shabbat services this weekend at Congregation Beth El, 375 Stony Hill Rd., Yardley. Berlin, who has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Eugene Ormandy, will graduate this year from the H.L. Miller Cantorial School and College of Jewish Music at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. He will be the cantor at the shabbat services and will discuss his experience as a cantorial student.
NEWS
March 7, 2002 | By Catherine Quillman INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Temple Judea of Bucks County will hold a "Shabbat Across America" celebration at 8 p.m. tomorrow. Organized by the National Jewish Outreach Program, Shabbat Across America will involve about 750 synagogues across the country and bring together Jews and non-Jews in the traditional Shabbat service. The celebration will include an interactive "beginner's service" led by Rabbi Reena Spicehandler. All are welcome. This is the third year that the synagogue has participated in Shabbat Across America.
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June 13, 2016 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Staff Writer
At the end of a store-lined breezeway, a few doors down from a comic-book shop, rabbinical student Sandra Lawson prepares to shake up Shabbat. She lights the candles and opens the prayer book for the Friday night service, surrounded not by stained-glass windows and majestic interiors, but by shelves of vitamins and wheatgrass juice at Arnold's Way cafe in Lansdale, a Montgomery County hub of all things vegan and raw - and, on this evening, Jewish....
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April 25, 1998 | By David O'Reilly, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Someone in the front of the sanctuary was ringing an off-tempo tambourine, but none of the worshipers at Germantown Jewish Center seemed to mind. Up at the bima, or lectern, two young rabbis were leading the Shabbat evening service in Psalm 95: "Lechu neranena Adonai Nari'ah letzur yish'enu . . . " It's a familiar prayer. So, why was this Friday night unlike other Friday nights? It wasn't just that 3-year-old smacking gaily (and erratically) at his daddy's tambourine.
NEWS
April 4, 1997 | By Kay Raftery, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Tonight Jews in 500 synagogues in 48 states and four Canadian provinces will enjoy what is being billed as an evening to "eat, drink, relax, dance, enjoy, debate and celebrate" during the first "Shabbat Across America. " The intent of the special Shabbat, or Sabbath, gathering is to encourage unaffiliated Jews to come back to Judaism. Reform, Conservative, Orthodox and Reconstructionist movements will participate. The event is being sponsored by the National Jewish Outreach Program (NJOP)
ENTERTAINMENT
January 2, 2013 | By Sally Friedman, For The Inquirer
In March, on the way home from a national conference about Israel, psychologist Bernie Albert talked to his wife about a suggestion made by one of the conference speakers: Host Sabbath dinners for fellow Jews - including strangers - who would then become hosts themselves. The exponential growth of hosts would mean that, Shabbat after Shabbat, more people within a community would come to know one another. Such a simple concept - such powerful ripples. "We should do something about that," Albert said to his wife.
NEWS
May 16, 1997 | By Kay Raftery, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
An open house will be from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday at St. Joseph's-in-the-Hills, Warren Avenue, Malvern, to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the retreat house, best known for retreats by the Men of Malvern organization. At 3 p.m. an outdoor Mass will be celebrated by the retreat house's director, the Rev. Dennis J. O'Donnell. JEWISH EDUCATION The annual weekend of Jewish education will be held today and tomorrow at Congregation B'nai Jacob, Starr and Manavon Streets, Phoenixville.
NEWS
October 20, 2000 | By Cynthia J. McGroarty, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Various groups from the Bucks County area have planned a Middle East Peace Meditation for Sunday at the Medical Healing Arts Center in Doylestown. Event coordinators said people of all faiths are invited to the meditation, which will focus on peace around the world, as well as issues in the Middle East. "The idea is to get as many to gather as we can so the energies will be strengthened . . . and will generate community togetherness," coordinator Elizabeth Joyce said. "Unity is our only salvation.
NEWS
June 16, 1994 | By Beverly M. Payton, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The second annual Contemporary Christian Music Festival is set for 2 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. June 25 at Tamanend Park, Second Street Pike in Southampton. The festival, sponsored by the Church of the Redemption in Southampton, will feature a mix of performers including soloists, pop/rock groups and an 11-piece jazz ensemble. Abimael, a former Bucks County resident, will be among the featured performers. The youth began singing in church at age 5 and soon started performing in other churches and at youth group activities.
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June 13, 2016 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Staff Writer
At the end of a store-lined breezeway, a few doors down from a comic-book shop, rabbinical student Sandra Lawson prepares to shake up Shabbat. She lights the candles and opens the prayer book for the Friday night service, surrounded not by stained-glass windows and majestic interiors, but by shelves of vitamins and wheatgrass juice at Arnold's Way cafe in Lansdale, a Montgomery County hub of all things vegan and raw - and, on this evening, Jewish....
FOOD
October 16, 2015 | By Maureen Fitzgerald, Inquirer Food Editor
Chef Michael Solomonov, who together with Steven Cook owns a group of restaurants (Zahav, Percy Street Barbecue, Federal Donuts, Abe Fisher, and Dizengoff), appeared at the Free Library of Philadelphia last week to promote his new book, Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking . Here's an excerpt of our conversation: Can you explain the back and forth from Israel? So, I was born in a little town in Israel called G'nei Yehuda, by the airport. And my mom is American. She grew up in Ohio, which is very different than Israel.
BUSINESS
April 7, 2015 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
What was Naomi L. Adler thinking? A year ago, she held a job she loved, heading the United Way of Westchester and Putnam in suburban New York. Her husband served as senior rabbi of a Reform temple. Even so, Adler uprooted her family to take over the troubled Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia - its first female leader. Giving lagged behind that at other Jewish federations and the group chewed up leaders - with four changes at the top since the 1990s. Question: What was the situation when you came?
NEWS
January 4, 2015 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
AMONG THE central tenets of Judaism is Tikkun Olam , a Hebrew phrase that means "repairing the world. " For the folks at Congregation Rodeph Shalom in Spring Garden, it is a driving force. A food desert in North Philly? They opened a weekly farmers' market to assure that residents can get fresh produce. Racial unrest sweeping the nation? They are hosting a "Race in America" community conversation. Bigots citing religion to discriminate against gays? They revel in diversity and woo worshippers of all sexual orientations - and all faiths and races - to their services.
NEWS
October 1, 2014 | BY NATALIE POMPILIO, natalie@nataliepompilio.com
THERE IS no "typical" Shabbat service at Society Hill Synagogue. One week, Rabbi Avi Winokur might include the works of Sufi mystics and Muslim spiritual giants. The next might feature writings by Christian leaders, noted intellectuals or Jewish religious thinkers. One way the synagogue describes its open approach is by citing an old joke: "Two Jews, three opinions. " That is to say, different people celebrate their faith in different ways. "It's very eclectic," said Winokur, who has led the congregation for 13 years.
REAL_ESTATE
November 24, 2013 | By Sally Friedman, For The Inquirer
When Debbie and Bob Fleischman were considering where they might live as young marrieds, they surveyed the entire East Coast, looking for a city with vibrancy and culture - and a home in that city that was within walking distance of a synagogue. The couple, who met as Yale undergraduates, live Judaism fully and joyfully, and when they chose Philadelphia as their hometown in 1984, they also became affiliated with Beth Zion-Beth Israel Synagogue in Center City. Predictably, their first home was on Addison Street, near the synagogue.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 2, 2013 | By Sally Friedman, For The Inquirer
In March, on the way home from a national conference about Israel, psychologist Bernie Albert talked to his wife about a suggestion made by one of the conference speakers: Host Sabbath dinners for fellow Jews - including strangers - who would then become hosts themselves. The exponential growth of hosts would mean that, Shabbat after Shabbat, more people within a community would come to know one another. Such a simple concept - such powerful ripples. "We should do something about that," Albert said to his wife.
NEWS
December 20, 2009 | By Melissa Gittelman FOR THE INQUIRER
On Friday evenings in Jerusalem, after the sun lies down to rest, the Jewish people close their shops and restaurants in preparation for Shabbat. From sundown Friday to sundown Saturday, technology and labor cease, and rest and religion commence. I was brought up in a very secular household, and tradition and rituals like this never played an important role in my life. So when Friday evening arrived on my first visit to Jerusalem, I'd forgotten how sacred the Sabbath is to religious Jews.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 16, 2009 | By Rick Nichols Inquirer Food Columnist
You could say chef Michael Solomonov was destined to bring an intimate taste of Israel to Philadelphia. He was born south of Tel Aviv, and raised in Pittsburgh. But before Solomonov, 30, opened Zahav (Hebrew for "gold"), his stone-floored, big-windowed homage to the soul foods of his homeland, he cooked his way through some of the top kitchens in town - Striped Bass, Vetri and Marigold Kitchen. To refresh his culinary memories he took his Zahav staff on a whirlwind tour of Israel's skewer shops, markets, and bakeries, and the kitchens of Jewish mothers.
NEWS
December 31, 2007
Bill Bonvie's Dec. 24 commentary, "Christmas: The whole schmear," about being Jewish and celebrating Christmas, brought strong reactions from readers. Here is what four people had to say: Bill Bonvie wrote that choosing to view Christmas as a holy day should be purely a matter of individual choice, and thus, celebrating Christmas is an option for Jews. I suggest that most Christian clergy would disagree. Christmas celebrates the birth of Christ, who is viewed by Christians as the Son of God and the Messiah.
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