Saturday, April 25, 2015 Iyyar 6, 5775

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On the heels of a roller coaster week on Wall Street and the onset of what many economists are calling the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, Philadelphia's deputy mayor for planning and economic development warned that the city may be facing tough fiscal times in the near future. But, he insisted, there is no reason to panic. Andrew...
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
A few cans of paint meant more than just a new coating on the walls at the JCC's Jacob and Esther Stiffel Senior Center in South Philadelphia. It was also a little bit of tikkun olam , one brush stroke at a time. The center recently participated in this year's United Way Days of Caring, which saw more than 7,000...
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Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg, JE Feature
After a national search, the board of directors of the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania named Collegeville's Jill M. Michal as its new president and chief executive officer. The announcement was made late last month and was effective immediately. Michal now oversees the agency's efforts throughout Philadelphia County, most of Montgomery County, and parts of Chester and Delaware counties. Michal,...
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Frank Rosci, JE Feature
The Sept. 11 attacks were overwhelmingly tragic events in this country's recent history; and yet the U.S. military action that followed two years later has brought misery, either directly or indirectly, to people elsewhere in the world, most notably to the already downtrodden, forgotten and desperately poor women -- particularly widows -- of Afghanistan. Their plight, which has mostly gone...
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
Despite receiving a combined total of more than half a million dollars from the Department of Homeland Security in 2005 and 2007, no Philadelphia-area Jewish agencies were awarded security grants in 2008. But, seven years after the terror attacks of Sept. 11, that might just turn out to be a good thing. "Looking at the rest of the country, we...
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