Monday, December 29, 2014 Tevet 7, 5775
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Lauren Pound Somer, JF Feature
Do your friends think you're full of hot air - enough to give the shofar a good strong blast? If so, the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia is looking for your help on May 21, when the entire community will come together on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to celebrate Yom Ha'atzmaut, Israel Independence Day. Organizers of this year's simcha, "Israel...
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Celebrating Israel in style
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While the Philadelphia Jewish Community has a long tradition of celebrating Yom Ha'atzmaut - Israel Independence Day - the event's scope and participation has grown exponentially since its first anniversary was celebrated locally at the Broadwood Hotel in 1949. An article in the May 6, 1949 Jewish Exponent noted that it was attended by Jewish leaders such as Samuel Daroff,...
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Jan L. Apple, JF Feature
Some American Jewish youth choose the spiritual path of traveling to Israel to become a Bar or Bat Mitzvah. Alex Kleiman found his path on a United Jewish Communities' family mission to Israel in August 2005. After visiting an Ethiopian absorption center, he became so deeply moved that he created a Bar Mitzvah project to help Ethiopian Jews. On Saturday,...
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Mildred Lasch, 93, of Philadelphia, died April 12. Born Mildred Goldberg, she was a life-long resident of the Philadelphia area. She was married for almost 60 years to Louis Lasch, who died in 1995. Devoted to her family, Lasch is remembered for her elegance, grace and generosity. She is also recalled by her family as a winning golfer at Meadowlands...
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"Israel in Our Hearts," the 58th-anniversary celebration of the country's independence, "will be an outstanding day that will show Jews and non-Jews in the Philadelphia area and everywhere - as well as the media - how passionate the Jews of Philadelphia are about Israel and how much we care," said Jeff Perlman, co-chair of the event with Cindy Smukler Dorani...
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