Wednesday, October 1, 2014 Tishri 7, 5775
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Jessica Endy, Jewish Federation Feature
Sixty-eight-year-old Barry* lives in government-subsidized housing in the City Line Avenue section of Philadelphia. His mother, his only family, lives in a nursing home. Barry's small Social Security payments, combined with his $16 a month in food stamps and approximately $24-a-month pension, don't quite cover his basic living expenses each month, which include significant medical costs. Vacations are non-existent, and...
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Lynne Edelman, Jewish Federation Feature
Next month, more than 1,000 Jews from across North America are expected to wander into the desert for three days and nights to discover their personal connection to Judaism. While these modern-day descendants of Moses and Sarah will trek by plane, train and automobile to their destination -- the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, their journey is...
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Lynn Edelman, Jewish Federation Feature
On Sunday, Jan. 30, the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy was the place to be for Jews of all ages, affiliations and ancestral homelands. Among the nearly 600 Super Sunday volunteers were members of three distinct Russian groups -- Davai, RAJE and Uru Akhim -- Israelis from HaKesher HaIsraeli and Netivot Sedot-Negev, Federation's Partnership 2000 community; college students from area...
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Jessica Endy, Jewish Federation Feature
Last week's article on Connie and Joe Smukler ended with the couple's entree into the Soviet Jewry movement. This week's article, the final in the three-part series, further explores their involvement in both Soviet Jewry and broader communal issues, and how they are helping to inspire Jewish continuity. The Smuklers are being honored for their outstanding accomplishments on Tuesday, Feb...
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Jessica Endy, Jewish Federation Feature
A strong community doesn't just exist. It must be established and cultivated through hard work. Thankfully for both the local and global Jewish community, Connie and Joe Smukler understand the work it takes -- and over the past 50 years have dedicated their own blood, sweat and tears to significantly strengthening the Jewish world. For their efforts to transform Jewish...
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