Wednesday, July 1, 2015 Tammuz 14, 5775

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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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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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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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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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GOP members weigh in on what Sen. Arlen Specter's defection means to them -- and the party
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Less than a year ago -- but what now seems like a political lifetime -- the Republican Party hoped it was on the verge of making serious gains among Jewish voters in Pennsylvania and nationwide. U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.), considered highly popular among American Jews, had decided to back John McCain for president, and was considered a top prospect...
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