Sunday, July 5, 2015 Tammuz 18, 5775
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Jessica Endy, JF Feature
Though Ira Saligman has been involved in the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia for less than a decade, he has had a significant impact on the Jewish community, especially in Israel, through his philanthropy and his involvement in Federation boards. Saligman established his first connections with the Jewish state in grade school when his family traveled there. Through subsequent trips...
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If you could pick one adjective to describe your first year at Federation what would that be? "Challenging" is the word that comes to mind. It has been a year marked by changes -- some difficult and others exhilarating. I'm reminded of a quote from one of my favorite Dickens novels: "It was the best of times, and the worst...
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Sally Friedman, JF Feature
Forget those athletes who rake in the millions, or the actors who are revered by a celebrity-adoring culture. The true heroes of a community are those who can ignite a child's mind and touch his soul. They are also known as ... teachers. In 1998, a critical shortage of trained teachers existed in the region's supplemental Hebrew schools. So to...
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Jessica Endy, JF Feature
For more than 20 years, Lyn and Roy Neff have been addressing the needs of the Jewish community through the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia. For Lyn Neff, involvement began when a friend introduced her to what was then Federation's Young Women's Division. For Roy Neff, it was when his business partner, Richard Cooper, recommended he attend a Federation event...
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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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