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Reflecting on Life’s Beauty during the Month of Tishrei

This year at Rosh Hashanah, Rabbi Friedman urged us to notice and pay attention to the very act of living and its beauty in his d’var Torah. Quoting Mary Oliver, he asked “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” Inspired by this concept, we’ve been asking… Read More

Posted: October 18, 2017 by

Praying with Our Feet

Shabbat Chol Hamoed 5778 / 7 October 2017

The last time I did not spend Yom Kippur fasting and praying all day must have been in 1970.  At that time I was already in the process of returning to Judaism, but I don’t think I had quite managed to get myself organized enough to get to shul.  I may be wrong; it could… Read More

Posted: October 17, 2017 by

Blood Brothers

Bereshit 5778 / 14 October 2017

The story of Cain and Abel, which lies at the heart of parashat Bereshit, is one of the Torah’s best-known but least-well understood stories. The Torah relays only the barest details of what happened, punctuating the sparse action with lengthy but cryptic dialogue. In contrast with the stories of creation, paradise, and expulsion that open the… Read More

Posted: October 17, 2017 by

Mazel Tov Jordan

Jordan Tali Bailkin is 13, and is a 7th grader at Girard Academic Music Program.  She is the daughter of Marc and Alyssa Bailkin, and younger sister of Zoe Bailkin.  Jordan loves performing year-round, whether singing, dancing, or musical theater. She also loves cooking, going to the beach, and anything Disney!  For her Bat Mitzvah… Read More

Posted: October 9, 2017 by

Mazel Tov to Samantha!

Samantha “Sammi” Jokelson is a life long member of the BZBI community  She is currently an eighth grader at The Philadelphia School where she plays on the volleyball and tennis teams.  Sammi is also a dedicated gymnast with the Relentless gymnastics team competing in meets around the state and region.  Sammi also has a love… Read More

Posted: October 2, 2017 by

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