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Mazel Tov Hannah!

Hannah lives in West Philly and attends Friends Select School, where she is an Honor Roll student. In the Fall, she will begin 8th Grade at Barrack Hebrew Academy. Hannah deeply loves to run, and for each of the past two years has finished in the Top 10 girls at the Germantown Friends School Invitational… Read More

Posted: June 6, 2019 by

Mazel Tov Sidney!

Laura Weinbaum, Brett Mandel, and Rose and Ariel Mandel Weinbaum invite the congregation to share in their joy when their son and brother, Sidney Weinbaum Mandel, is called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah on June 15, 2019. Sidney, a rising 8th grader at J.R. Masterman School, has been part of the BZBI congregation… Read More

Posted: June 3, 2019 by

Opening Our Embrace

This morning’s parashah, Emor, ends with an enigmatic and disturbing story. The Torah tells how a fight broke out in the Israelite camp between one of the Israelites and a man whose mother was Israelite, from the tribe of Dan, but whose father was Egyptian. In the midst of the fight a calamity occurs: the son… Read More

Posted: May 23, 2019 by

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