Monday, September 15, 2014 Elul 20, 5774
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Amy Purdy, JF Feature
Women of Vision -- the Jewish Women's Foundation of Greater Philadelphia, Federation's women's foundation -- has awarded a total of $55,000 to two programs that help unemployed or underemployed poor, immigrant women become self-sufficient and economically secure. By directing their 2009-10 grants to programs that provide the practical means for women to break out of the cycle of poverty, Women...
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Labor Day has come and gone, and soon, summer will be just a pleasant memory. In the meantime, Mitzvah Mania coordinators are busily engaged in recruiting volunteers for two community-service projects designed to make the winter warmer for area older adults. Eleven Jewish community organizations have already committed to participate in the Mitzvah Mania Souper Bowl. They will prepare and...
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Did you know that the etrog -- the sweet-smelling symbol of Sukkot -- is the world's oldest citrus fruit? Were you aware that the existence of this fruit, otherwise known as the citron, pre-dates the Roman Empire, and was carried by Jewish settlers to their new homes throughout the Diaspora? Aliza Green, Philadelphia-based chef, food columnist and cookbook author, will...
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Norman P. Zarwin grew up in Philadelphia during the Great Depression. Synagogue membership and religious training were unaffordable for his family. However, his mother and father ingrained in him a deep appreciation for Jewish values, culture and tradition. "Being Jewish was always a part of my soul," he said. Likewise, Marlene grew up with similar traditions. Later, Norman's aunt and...
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The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia is taking a pro-active role in helping members of the Jewish community who are hard-hit by the economic downturn. Over the summer, Linda Roth, director of Federation's Jewish Information and Referral Service, has seen a 10 percent rise in telephone calls from people who need assistance locating and connecting to social services throughout the...
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