Monday, April 27, 2015 Iyyar 8, 5775
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Lynn B. Edelman, Jewish Federation Feature
The Talmud values acts of lovingkindness as "equal in weight to all the commandments." These values are embraced by the Lassin family, which has performed countless deeds of lovingkindness benefiting Federation Early Learning Services for more than three decades. The family holds a special place in its heart for the FELS site formerly known as the Northern Hebrew Day Nursery...
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Lynn B. Edelman, Jewish Federation Feature
Six years ago, a new organization was formed to offer a Jewish response to the estimated 53 percent intermarriage rate in the American Jewish community. While many view this statistic as a threat to the survival of Judaism, Leonard Wasserman, founder and current board chairman of InterFaithways-the Interfaith Family Support Network of Greater Philadelphia, interprets this demographic trend as "an...
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Lynn B. Edelman, Jewish Federation Feature
"Several thousand Jewish developmentally disabled adults are living at home with aging parents or in apartments with little or no supervision in the Philadelphia area," explained Judith Creed, chairperson of the board of directors of Jewish Community Homes for Adult Independence, Inc. She added that "we knew that these adults and their families needed help, but they either weren't ready...
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Lynn B. Edelman, Jewish Federation Feature
"Upon three things the world stands: On Torah, on (Divine) Service, and on Deeds of Lovingkindness." -- Pirke Avot 1:2 Maurice Kornberg's life story reflected his personal commitment to all three of these tenets of the Jewish faith. The South Philadelphia native was a first-generation American, born to parents who left Eastern Europe to provide a better life for their...
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Lynn B. Edelman, Jewish Federation Feature
Uru Akhim, a volunteer organization of émigrés from the former Soviet Union, organized a concert on Sept. 29 to raise funds for IsraeLife Rescue and Hatzalah, the largest independent, all-volunteer emergency organization in Israel. The goal of the concert, which was attended by more than 500 people, was to purchase bullet-proof vests for the paramedics, who are often the first...
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