Monday, December 22, 2014 Kislev 30, 5775
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Michael is a quiet young man in his early 20s who is a valued full-time employee at a Montgomery County assisted-living facility. On his day off, he works as a teacher’s aide in the synagogue he attends with his family. An animal lover, Michael dreams of a time in the not-too-distant future when he can live in his own apartment...
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Lynn B. Edelman Jewish Federation Feature Stephen B. Klein believes that it is “an amazing coincidence” that he was selected as recipient of the Joseph Smukler Outstanding Community Leadership Award. The award, renamed in memory of a revered and respected Jewish communal leader and philanthropist who passed away in August, will be presented to Stephen at Federation’s Main Event, on...
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When 92-year-old Shir­ley Cohen moved into her apartment in the Samuel A. Green House in Elkins Park last October, work crews were putting the final touches on the 84-unit complex for low-income seniors — Federation Housing, Inc.’s first foray into Montgomery County. In the 11 months since she first affixed a mezuzah to her front door, Cohen has made many...
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Maimonides said that those acts of tzedakah most worthy of praise are the ones that honor the human dignity of the recipient. This is the concept behind Federation’s Choice Food Program, a digital food market to be located inside the Klein JCC. The dream of this revolutionary new model of food security and nutrition for community members experiencing hunger and...
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Amid these Days of Awe, I remember one of my favorite Torah portions, Nehemiah, which describes how our ancestors celebrated Rosh Hashanah when they returned to Israel from Persia after a long exile. It was a time of rebuilding and renewal, and the people sought inspiration from the words of our prophets. On the first day of Rosh Hashanah, men...
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