Saturday, December 27, 2014 Tevet 5, 5775

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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
Emanuel "Manny" Mandel is a social worker in the Washington, D.C., suburbs who also finds time to volunteer at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. In the early 1950s, he was the new kid at Philadelphia's Central High School in Olney -- and had a background few knew about: He was a teenage Holocaust survivor. Mandel was back at the...
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Alison Buckholtz, JE Feature
During my husband Scott's seven-month deployment on an aircraft carrier last year, much of our life seemed upside-down. Our two young children were confused, and at times distraught, over their father's absence; my role as the "Skipper's wife" (my husband is a Navy pilot and commanding officer of his squadron) was a far cry from what I had imagined myself...
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Ten years ago, all three of Philadelphia's top citywide officials were Jewish: Mayor Ed Rendell, District Attorney Lynne Abraham and Controller Jonathan Saidel. With Abraham set to retire at the end of the year, and the results in from the May 19 primary, the most likely scenario is that City Controller Alan Butkovitz will remain Philadelphia's lone Jewish elected official...
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They relish life in the Philadelphia area, yet hesitate when it comes to involvement
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Daphna Berman, JE Feature
Viktor Fadlon attended Shabbat services every Friday night in his native Israel, but in the nearly three years since he moved to Philadelphia, the 25-year-old says that he's been to synagogue just once. "I haven't connected to the Jewish community," he admitted recently, taking a break from his job as manager of a Center City pizzeria and bar. "I work...
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The board of trustees of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia has approved the allocation of more than $23.2 million to a broad swath of Jewish programs, projects and institutions in the region and beyond. In a nod to grim economic realities and increased communal need, Federation shifted a greater percentage of its resources to social-service and critical-needs programs, while,...
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