Saturday, August 23, 2014 Av 27, 5774
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Jan L. Apple, JE Feature
The buzz around the Rhawnhurst neighborhood of Northeast Philadelphia is about an ecumenical program that is helping seniors while strengthening the community. Established in September 2005, the Rhawnhurst NORC, a naturally occurring retirement community, is a collaboration of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, Catholic Human Services and the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania. It provides services to people age...
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He was barely a teenager when he made his first gift to what is now the Jewish Community Fund, the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia's annual campaign. "From the time I became a Bar Mitzvah, my father took me to FAJA Day at Meadowlands Country Club," explained Brett Studner. "It really made me feel proud to make my own gift...
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Throughout the school year, the seventh-grade girls at Politz Hebrew Academy and women of the seniors group of the Jewish Community Centers Klein Branch have reached out to one another in three programs keyed to Jewish holidays. "The students have come to understand that seniors are active, vibrant people whose lives have been enriched by their experiences," said Besie Katz,...
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What did a group of 75 staff and volunteers from 10 synagogues do after successfully holding a number of crowd-drawing, people-connecting Synaplex™ Shabbats during the year? They came together to "Celebrate Synaplex™ Philadelphia" - along with synagogue members interested in holding such services in the future, at Congregation Beth Or in Maple Glen on May 17. The event was sponsored...
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Jan L. Apple, JF Feature
The first in a series of "Money Smart" interactive workshops took place in May at the Jewish Community Centers Stiffel Senior Center. In a rapidly changing, high-tech society with 24-hour automated banking and concerns about money-management, fraud and security, "Money Smart" is a program aimed at increasing financial literacy among community members, and moving them toward self-sufficiency. The first workshop...
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