Thursday, July 28, 2016 Tammuz 22, 5776
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Fredda Sacharow
Rabbi Philip Warmflash In nearly 20 years in Philadelphia, Rabbi Philip Warmflash has seen Jewish organizations spring up and flourish, only to fade away. Or merge. Or be reborn with a new name, and a new purpose. The longtime communal worker doesn’t lament the changes. He welcomes them. “I’m starting to hear more people say we have great things here,...
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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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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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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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