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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

From Generation to Generation: An Interview with Rabbi Ira Stone

Mazel tov to Rabbi Emeritus Ira Stone on being honored by the Center for Contemporary Mussar for his lifetime of contributions to the Jewish Community and Mussar. What does L’Dor Va Dor mean to you? This is the question I asked the Kitah Zayin class on my first day teaching in the Neziner Hebrew School…. Read More

Posted: April 1, 2019 by

Growing as a Family with Arielle Kerstein

As we close the month of March and finish our Congregant Appreciation stories, we want to introduce another amazing BZBI member, Arielle Kerstein, the co-chair of our Early Childhood Parent Association with Jaci Pollock. Though Arielle, her husband Lars, and their two children, Maya and Eli, only joined officially as BZBI members last summer, the… Read More

Posted: March 29, 2019 by