Friday, October 24, 2014 Tishri 30, 5775
Numerous opportunities to repair the world -- or at least, a slice of Philly
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Some 1,000 members of the Philadelphia-area Jewish community will perform the mitzvah of protecting our planet on Sunday, Oct. 21, at more than 20 sites operated by the Fairmount Park Commission. They will serve as Shomrei Adamah, Hebrew for "Guardians of the Earth" during this first-time, community-wide Mitzvah Mania program sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia. Federation President...
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Center City Philadelphia has experienced a population boom. Jewish young adults are well-represented among the influx of men, women and young families who are enjoying the many attractions and amenities of an urban lifestyle. Ross Berkowitz, director of the Collaborative, a non-profit organization affiliated with the Jewish Community Centers of Greater Philadelphia, knows first-hand that many of these 20 and...
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Rachel Silverman, JE Feature
Your typical book club may attract between five and 10 members, and meet once a month or so. Club gatherings probably take place in a member's living room, where bowls of chips and cheese plates eat up the lion's share of the "programming budget." "One Book, One Jewish Community: Connecting People One Book at a Time" is not this kind...
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When food and friendship meet for good
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Neither 90-degree temperatures nor stifling humidity deterred members of the SeniorCHAI Cooking Club from their regular meeting in the kitchen of the Congregations of Shaare Shamayim in Northeast Philadelphia. There were potatoes to peel and boil, salad vegetables to chop up and toss, and a giant vat of soup to prepare for the Mitzvah Food Pantry site at the Klein...
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Weeklong trip provides opportunity to share information and tactics
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Roland "Bud" Mertz, deputy director for infrastructure and community liaison for Pennsylvania's Department of Homeland Security, describes his participation in the second annual Homeland Security Mission to Israel as "unbelievable ... the experience of a lifetime." Mertz, one of seven law-enforcement officials from Greater Philadelphia, Southern New Jersey and Pennsylvania's Allegheny County selected for the April 12-18 program sponsored by...
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