Saturday, October 25, 2014 Heshvan 1, 5775
Joe and Connie Smukler If you’ve been to a major Jewish communal event in Philadelphia over the past 40 years, chances are you’ve spotted Connie and Joe Smukler. Among the deans of the local Jewish establishment, they represent that rare combination of activism and philanthropy that keeps on giving. From Israel to Jewish identity-building to Holocaust educati on, the most...
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Jonathan D. Sarna, JE Feature
The news that George Washington's letter to the Jews of Newport will be displayed this summer at the National Museum of American Jewish History calls to mind the relationship of Jews to another American president: Ulysses S. Grant.
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Fredda Sacharow
Ernest M. Kahn After nearly two decades of trying, Ernest Kahn still hasn’t mastered this retirement thing. “When it comes to retirement, you are the biggest incompetent I know,” his friend Rabbi David Teutsch tells him, only half-joking. It’s not for lack of trying, Kahn, 86, says in his office at the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, where every Tuesday...
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An overview for the Exponent's 125th anniversary
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Philadelphia’s cultural canvas bears the distinct imprint of the Jews who have been creators, producers and patrons of the arts. Music, theater, food, literature, paintings, radio, television, newspapers: Philadelphia’s Jews have been leaders in the creation and cultivation of every sphere. The Jewish influence is heard in the orchestrations of Eugene Ormandy and the klezmer trumpeting of Susan Watts. It’s read...
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Fredda Sacharow
Emblazoned in neon on the side of a bridge spanning the Delaware, just upriver from Center City, is the slogan, “Trenton Makes, the World Takes." Tweaked a bit, the phrase aptly defines the last 125 years in Jewish institutional and organizational life: “Philadelphia Leads, the World Heeds.”
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