Thursday, November 27, 2014 Kislev 5, 5775
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Deciding which Jewish organizations and programs receive communal funding -- and how much -- has always been a difficult call. This year, volunteers and professionals described the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia's allocation process as downright "impossible." That's because the funds -- which comes from unrestricted dollars raised from the Jewish community -- shrank from last year by 14 percent,...
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How does the Philadelphia-area community's central fundraising body go about parceling out millions of dollars for local, national and international needs? It's a question many may be wondering as this year's funding process culminated last week with a vote by the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia's board of directors to approve the allocation of $16.3 million in unrestricted funds to...
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The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia is indebted to its Circle of Partners -- men and women who have steadfastly supported Federation as volunteers and donors for 25 years or more. Members of the Circle, which now numbers more than 3,000, participated in a June 15 celebration at Har Zion Temple in Penn Valley. The program showcased the music of...
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BALAK, Numbers 22:2-25:9
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Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell
The parshah known as Balak has delighted and confounded readers for centuries. This portion includes the unlikely story of a blind seer and an animal that not only sees an agent of the Holy One, but is blessed with the gift of speech, which she uses to reprimand her clueless master. The talking she-donkey, or jenny, had always seemed to...
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Across Pennsylvania, students are saying goodbye to their teachers and classmates during these final days of the school calendar. However, the promise of "See you in September" may be an empty one for some of the 44,000 children who currently attend private or parochial schools. These students receive scholarship assistance from the Educational Improvement Tax Credit program. But EITC is...
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