Wednesday, October 1, 2014 Tishri 7, 5775

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W ho needs help? It’s a question asked and answered by Jews across the Delaware Valley. It’s become a l’dor v’dor question, with one generation of Jews helping the next. That’s exactly what happened 125 years ago, as Eastern European Jews fled oppression in their homelands and poured into Philadelphia. Jews already established in America did what they could to...
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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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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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Fredda Sacharow
Miriam Steinberg-Egeth Growing up in a small upstate New York town an hour from Buffalo, N.Y., Miriam Steinberg-Egeth keenly felt the isolation of being a Jew in a non-Jewish world. She yearned to be part of a community. Now, the 31-year-old spends her professional life creating that community for the next generation. As director of the Graduate Student Network of...
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Stephen Seplow
W ith about $50 million in deposits and 135,000 customers, Bankers Trust was Philadelphia’s 10th-largest bank in the fall of 1930, a year after the Great Depression started. That’s when anxious depositors began withdrawing money — and they didn’t stop until it escalated into a full-scale run that amounted to $17 million worth of withdrawals by Friday, Dec. 19. The...
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