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Rabbi Simone Schicker signing her contract with Joan Hawxhurst, immediate past president of Temple B’nai Israel

Kalamazoo’s Temple B’nai Israel Welcomes New Rabbi

Continuing growth in membership at Kalamazoo’s Reform Jewish congregation has allowed it to hire its second consecutive full-time rabbi, following a period of part-time leadership from 1969-2014. On July 1, Rabbi Simone Schicker began her tenure as the religious leader of Temple B’nai Israel, Kalamazoo’s Reform Jewish congregation. She takes over the position from Rabbi…

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Rabbi Matthew Zerwekh

Coming Home

Martin Kohn Special to the Jewish News Temple Emanu-El welcomes native son as new rabbi. If there is any truth to the old Yiddish saying about how we make plans and God laughs, then the Almighty has had at least a couple of good chuckles with Rabbi Matthew Zerwekh. One occurred “pretty close to the…

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breakfast from Anna's House

Anna’s House

How could Anna’s House be voted “No. 1 Best Breakfast in Michigan” if it’s only been open since April 2 in Farmington Hills? While diners on the west side of the state apparently were big fans of Anna’s House in an MLive.com dining poll, I had no prior knowledge of this special group of family-owned…

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Jen Lipson, NJP Nice Jewish Person

Matchmaker, Matchmaker – Jen Lipson

NJP (Nice Jewish Person) Jen Lipson Each month, The Well highlights an amazing (and eligible!) individual. The Well has agreed to share its Q & As with these amazing singles with the JN. This month, The Well has a conversation with NJP Jen Lipson. Q: How did you decide to make your adult life in…

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Igor Levit classical pianist

Tickling Ivory

It’s Gilmore Keyboard Festival time — meet two of this year’s stars. Just after performing a powerful concert in London, classical pianist Igor Levit received some powerful news: He was the 2018 winner of the Gilmore Artist Award. The prize? An impressive $300,000 in recognition of his piano talents. The award, conferred every four years…

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150 Years: Kalamazoo’s Temple B’nai Israel looks at its past and future.

Temple B’nai Israel, Kalamazoo’s Reform congregation, is celebrating the 150th anniversary of its founding by 20 Jewish pioneer families in 1866. The congregation, whose history includes at least 10 physical locations and eras of both prosperity and challenge, has much to celebrate these days. Under the leadership of Rabbi Matthew Zerwekh since 2014, TBI has…

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