Thursday, August 21, 2014 Av 25, 5774
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Sally Friedman, JF Feature
When you grow up in a family of social activists, your childhood can be unusual. Cindy Smukler Dorani's parents, communal leaders/philanthropists Joe and Connie Smukler, were international figures in the Soviet Jewry movement, and their daughter came of age in a remarkable world. She remembers chaining herself to the Liberty Bell at age 12 to make a point about what...
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At City Hall on Thursday, Nov. 16, the Philadelphia City Council passed a resolution commemorating the 68th anniversary of Kristallnacht and recognizing Austrian artist Gottfried Helnwein for his contributions to assuring that the Holocaust will never be forgotten. "Ninth November Night," a world-renowned exhibit of Helnwein's work commemorating Kristallnacht, will have its U.S debut at the Judge Lewis Quadrangle in...
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Jan L. Apple, JF Feature
For David and Jessica (names changed upon request for personal privacy), raising a young Jewish family in the Philadelphia region has its share of challenges. Committed to providing their children -- ages 8, 5 and 3 -- with a strong identity through Jewish day school and preschool education, the couple has struggled with the financial burden, exacerbated by David's current...
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Jan L. Apple, JF Feature
Tikvah/AJMI, also known as Advocates for the Jewish Mentally Ill, serves members of the community struggling with mental health issues. Established 15 years ago by founding President Judy Zon and a group of likeminded parents of five young adults, committed to raising awareness about mental illness, Tikvah has grown to nearly 250 members. A beneficiary organization of the Jewish Federation...
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Jan L. Apple, JF Feature
There are approximately 5,000 Holocaust survivors over age 75 living in the Philadelphia region, with the majority residing in the Northeast and City Line area. As this population ages and becomes more frail, so too do their needs increase, particularly those related to home care services. A top priority identified by the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia's strategic philanthropy plan...
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