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)
March 18, 2013 |
WARSAW, Poland - A Jewish history museum in Warsaw has unveiled a reconstructed synagogue roof with an elaborately painted ceiling modeled on a 17th-century structure, presenting the first object that will go on permanent display in the highly awaited museum. The wooden roof and ceiling will be a key attraction in the Museum of the History of Polish Jews, which is due to open next year in the heart of the city's former Jewish quarter. Reporters in Warsaw were invited to view it Tuesday.
February 6, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Ed Koch couldn't have chosen a more appropriate final farewell to New York City. An organist played "New York, New York," the iconic ballad made famous by Frank Sinatra, in a Manhattan synagogue Monday as the former mayor's oak coffin was carried past thousands of mourners, concluding a funeral that recalled the quintessential New Yorker's famous one-liners and amusing antics in the public eye. Koch died Friday of congestive heart...
November 16, 2012 |
A pyramid of reflected laser beams is hardly what Frank Lloyd Wright had in mind when he referred to the Elkins Park synagogue he designed as an incandescent vision of Mount Sinai. But the historic Beth Sholom Congregation building is being re-created as hundreds of thousands - if not a million - points of light, all in an effort to preserve it. The 1959 structure of aluminum, glass, and steel is part of a global initiative to create high-definition 3D digital models of important historic sites.
October 13, 2012 |
The Friday-evening service at Adath Emanu-El will mark a fresh start for Rabbi Benjamin David and the Mount Laurel synagogue. David, who will be formally installed as the spiritual leader of the congregation, asked one of the speakers - the rabbi of Temple Emanuel in Cherry Hill - to read, appropriately, from the Torah's Genesis and relate it to new beginnings. The presence of this speaker will be unusually opportune: Rabbi Jerome David is the father of Benjamin David, and he can celebrate his son's homecoming at the 8 p.m. service.
October 8, 2012 |
PARIS - France is boosting security at Jewish and other religious sites after blanks were fired at a synagogue west of Paris amid renewed concerns about anti-Semitism around the country. President Francois Hollande sought Sunday to allay tensions between Jews and Muslims aggravated by violent incidents in recent months. Hollande singled out hateful extremists for criticism and urged respect for all religions in a country that is officially secular. He said that authorities "in the coming days, in the coming hours" will increase security at religious sites so they won't be subject to the kind of attack that targeted a synagogue in the Paris suburb of Argenteuil on Saturday night.
October 5, 2012 |
Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick took fire from his election foe Wednesday for his insistence that she - along with reporters and live recordings - be banned while he speaks at two candidate events in Bucks County. Andrew Grubin, spokesman for Democrat Kathy Boockvar, called it "silly" and "disappointing" that Fitzpatrick had placed such conditions on his attending the events, one Oct. 14 sponsored by the Ohev Shalom synagogue men's club and one Oct. 24 arranged by the Bucks County Coalition of Senior Communities.
September 16, 2012 |
Myles H. Tanenbaum, 82, of Gladwyne, a tax lawyer, developer of major shopping centers, philanthropist, and owner of a championship football team, died Friday, Aug. 31, of complications from Alzheimer's disease at the Quadrangle in Haverford. In 1970, Mr. Tanenbaum left the law firm of Wolf, Block, Schorr & Solis Cohen and became a partner in Kravco, a new real estate development enterprise. He was Kravco's vice president and chairman of the executive committee for 13 years and then served on the board until 1988.
July 26, 2012 |
On a balmy May day on the roof deck of the Free Library of Philadelphia, Ringo Roseman spoke with passion and verve about how Nathan Irish and Elisa Reape are happiest when making each other happy. Clad in a black tuxedo, he pronounced them husband and wife with the ease of a seasoned professional, and got roaring applause from the 80 or so family and friends watching the ceremony. Not bad for a first-timer. Roseman, 31, is not a priest or rabbi (he's a bar manager), but he did fill out a short form on the Universal Life Church Monastery website awarding him the designation of minister and allowing him to legally perform the ceremony in Philadelphia.
July 21, 2012 |
If Market Street is where Philadelphians went to satisfy their mercantile needs, Broad Street is where they addressed their spiritual ones. This was especially true on the northern half, above City Hall. As Philadelphia's middle class migrated northward in the early decades of the 20th century, nearly every faith planted a stone-clad flagship on that famously long, straight street. We know too well how the story has gone in recent years. Many of Broad Street's great religious citadels were torn down, and replaced by fast-food joints, fallow lots, and various other indignities.