Saturday, December 27, 2014 Tevet 5, 5775
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Jan L. Apple, JF Feature
A class held on Sunday mornings at the religious school of Kesher Israel Congregation in West Chester is filling a long unmet need in the community. Aptly named Kolot B'Simcha ("Voices of Happiness"), it was created for Jewish residents of the Chester County region whose special needs are such that they could not be mainstreamed into a synagogue classroom. For...
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Roy Freundlich, JE Feature
"A model of efficiency, effectiveness and accountability" is what the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia must be in conducting its business, said Federation president Ira M. Schwartz, who took over the position on July 3. Schwartz initiated a hiring freeze this summer and charged Federation's executive staff with reviewing the organization's performance in relation to its 2003 Strategic Philanthropy Plan...
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Lauren Pound Somers, JF Feature
When Sam Greenberg traveled to Israel with the youth organization Bnei Akiva this summer for an intensive six-week experience known as "Mach Hach Ba'Aretz," he didn't know quite what to expect -- certainly, not the violent conflict with Hezbollah that broke out shortly after the group arrived. But despite the unfortunate timing and necessary changes to the group's itinerary, the...
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The regions are absolutely booming with activity
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Jan L. Apple, JF Feature
As the Jewish community continues to spread its wings into the suburbs, the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia is committed to these local communities. Throughout the area, Federation sponsors community festivals, days of mitzvot and other programs and celebrations. According to Roberta Matz, director of the Bux-Mont region, which recently held its eighth annual community festival, this type of event...
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Lauren Pound Somers, JF Feature
Are you curious about Judaism -- or know someone who might be? The Kehillah of Center City is whetting appetites and satisfying cravings for Jewish learning and connections with an appetizer known as "A Taste of Judaism." The series of classes it adapted from a program created by the Union for Reform Judaism is once again being offered this fall...
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