Temple Sinai synagogue

adds lift for wheelchairs

People with disabilities will have an easier time participating in services at Temple Sinai thanks to a newly installed wheelchair lift.

The lift will allow those with walking disabilities to ascend the five steps to the bimah, or pulpit, to receive Torah honors, recite the Torah blessing and access all sanctuary events. The lift can accommodate walkers, wheelchairs and motorized carts.

Founded in 1942, Temple Sinai is a 520-member Conservative synagogue. It is at 1401 N. Limekiln Pike, Dresher. Visit

» READ MORE: www.tsinai.com

or call 215-643-6510 for more information.

Philadelphia Heart Ball

is planned for Feb. 23

Rachel Scarcelli of North Wales helped select pearls for a "Strand of Hope" necklace to be auctioned off at the American Heart Association's Philadelphia Heart Ball.

Scarcelli, along with 11 other survivors of cardiovascular disease, chose the pearls from Iridesse Pearls boutique in the King of Prussia Mall. The necklace will feature colorful cultured freshwater, Tahitian and South Sea pearls.

The 4-year-old Scarcelli was diagnosed with critical aortic stenosis, subaortic stenosis, aortic coarctation and mitral valve insufficiency when she was just a day old. As she outgrows the existing replacement valves, she will have to undergo periodic heart surgeries.

The Heart Ball will be held Feb. 23 and is expected to raise $1.5 million for research and educational programs. For more information visit

» READ MORE: www.americanheart.org

or call 1-800-242-8721.

Laborers' Charity Fund

benefits day nursery

Fittingly delivered during a Thanksgiving celebration, Jenkintown Day Nursery received a $20,000 donation from the Laborers' District Council Charity Fund.

This is the second $20,000 donation received by the nursery from the Laborers' Charity Fund.

Operating under the tenet that no child should be denied day care based upon his or her family income, the nonprofit nursery provides affordable and educational tutelage to children of working families. For more information visit

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The Laborers' Charity Fund raises money to support organizations providing assistance to needy individuals in the five-county Philadelphia area. For more information visit

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Blessed Teresa parish

breaks ground for center

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish in Limerick Township recently broke ground on a new campus in Limerick Township. The campus will feature an educational center and parish church.

The site is at the intersection of Swamp Pike and Neiffer Road. The groundbreaking was the result of 15 months of preparation. The education center, to be completed in 2008, will house a pre-kindergarten through eighth grade academic program, year-round day-care facility, parish hall and gymnasium.

For more information visit

» READ MORE: www.blteresacalcutta.com

or call 610-287-2525.

- Matt Sandy