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A Few Reflections on Middot from Our Confirmation Class

This year’s Confirmation ceremony featured an exploration of Middot – Jewish moral virtues. While Mitzvot are the literal commandments that we follow, Middot are the general character-based guidelines that help direct our behavior and the way can fulfill Mitzvot. The Confirmation class reviewed Middot through critical thinking and personal reflection. Our confirmation students this year… Read More

Posted: May 15, 2019 by

Mazel Tov Dora!

Dora lives in Center City and currently attends the The Philadelphia School, Neziner Hebrew School, and Pine Forest camp. Some of Dora’s favorite activities include exploring the city, reading, athletics, and hanging-out with her sister Ella and good friends. Dora also loves sleep away camp and looks forward to the summer months and spending time… Read More

Posted: May 10, 2019 by

What’s in a Name? A Lot!

I have been a member of BZBI now for about 4 years. It has been an enriching experience. I have enjoyed and benefited from our services, the many learning opportunities provided, and the many other BZBI special events. However, I have not made the most of the opportunities at our weekly Shabbat Kiddush, to chat… Read More

Posted: April 29, 2019 by

Sefirat Ha’Omer Niggun

We made it to the Seders. Retelling the foundational story of liberation and redemption, we were able to see ourselves in it, to feel ourselves leaving the collective and personal “Egypts” that constrict us. We were carried along on a wave of gratitude for the goodness in our lives, enveloped by the swell of great… Read More

Posted: April 24, 2019 by

Supporting a Home in a New City with the Wasserman-Risch Family

Bryon Wasserman, his wife Judy Risch, and their daughter Ilana moved to Philadelphia from Washington, DC, in 2016. Shortly after moving, they joined the BZBI community. To Bryon and his family, it was important to join a synagogue so they could feel at home in their new city. Through BZBI and its welcoming members, Bryon’s… Read More

Posted: April 9, 2019 by