Sunday, September 21, 2014 Elul 26, 5774
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Jan L. Apple, JF Feature
Sixteen-year-old Ben Stein acknowledges that he may not be able to change the world right at this moment. However, he clearly intends to effect change within his own community through his efforts to create a peer group to dispel racism. Stein, a Center City resident and junior at Friends Central School, is one of 21 Philadelphia area 11th- and 12th-graders...
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Lifelong Advocate Still Reaching Out for Challenges
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Lauren Pound Somers, JF Feature
"Be the change you wish to see in the world." -- Mahatma Ghandi Joseph Smukler has seen a lot of change throughout his lifetime. And over the past five decades, he's been one of the leaders helping organizations like the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia ride out changing tides to make a meaningful difference in the Jewish community -- here...
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Lauren Pound Somers, JF Feature
Picture this: Thousands of Jewish children attending supplemental religious schools at synagogues and community centers who are excited -- yes, excited -- about learning. They are inspired, stimulated, engaged ... actually eager to continue their Jewish education beyond b'nai mitzvah through confirmation and into adulthood. Sound unlikely? Not to Susanna Lachs Adler. As chair of the Task Force on Children,...
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Jan L. Apple, JF Feature
Marcy Bacine recalls being "totally floored" when Maddy Malis, president and CEO of Federation Early Learning Services, asked her and her husband, Dan, to serve as honorees at the agency's 18th annual "Love Our Kids Gala" on Tuesday, June 5. "It is very fitting that Marcy and Dan are this year's honorees for our gala," stated Malis, Marcy's friend and...
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The Horticulture Center in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park provided the backdrop for a festive community celebration in honor of Israel Independence Day. Fifty-nine shofar blasts, one for each year of Israel's statehood, opened the May 6 community party, hosted by the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia and its Center for Israel and Overseas. With an estimated 8,000 men, women and children...
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