Thursday, December 18, 2014 Kislev 26, 5775
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Lauren Pound Somers, JF Feature
It may not be as drastic a difference as "New Coke" versus "Classic Coke," but many in the local Jewish community are already referring to today's Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia as the "new Federation." Both the perception and the reality point to a new direction for the 106-year-old organization, with community leaders like Lynne and Leonard Barrack helping to...
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Lauren Pound Somers, JF Feature
Michael Coslov doesn't easily take "no" for an answer. He refused to capitulate to the financial challenges faced by the steel industry, and was determined to grow his business regardless of difficult times. To this end, he managed to sell his business three times in the last four years to private equity interests. The last of these transactions was with...
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Jan L. Apple, JF Feature
Sixteen-year-old Ben Stein acknowledges that he may not be able to change the world right at this moment. However, he clearly intends to effect change within his own community through his efforts to create a peer group to dispel racism. Stein, a Center City resident and junior at Friends Central School, is one of 21 Philadelphia area 11th- and 12th-graders...
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Lifelong Advocate Still Reaching Out for Challenges
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Lauren Pound Somers, JF Feature
"Be the change you wish to see in the world." -- Mahatma Ghandi Joseph Smukler has seen a lot of change throughout his lifetime. And over the past five decades, he's been one of the leaders helping organizations like the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia ride out changing tides to make a meaningful difference in the Jewish community -- here...
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Lauren Pound Somers, JF Feature
Picture this: Thousands of Jewish children attending supplemental religious schools at synagogues and community centers who are excited -- yes, excited -- about learning. They are inspired, stimulated, engaged ... actually eager to continue their Jewish education beyond b'nai mitzvah through confirmation and into adulthood. Sound unlikely? Not to Susanna Lachs Adler. As chair of the Task Force on Children,...
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