Tuesday, October 21, 2014 Tishri 27, 5775
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Rafi Glantz wanted to join the Israel Defense Forces since he was 10 years old. At that time, according to the 18-year-old, his parents didn't take him seriously. But there's no denying his commitment now as he prepares for an Aug. 13 flight that will bring him to basic training in his new home. "Israel's really the only safe place...
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When it was released two and a half years ago, the 2009 "Jewish Population Study of Greater Philadelphia" alarmed -- but didn't exactly shock -- local Jewish leaders. The findings painted a portrait of young Jewish adults far less connected to Jewish life and Israel than prior generations and less likely to marry Jews or raise their children as Jews...
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The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia is allocating $5.9 million to local programs that serve the hungry, help the economically insecure and support seniors for the next fiscal year. That figure -- which includes unrestricted funding along with restricted and pass-through gifts -- is down by about $160,000 from last year. But two new initiatives in the works could mean...
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Thousands of families in the Philadelphia area send their kids off to Jewish overnight camp for the summer. Judi Lehrhaupt sends her sheep. For the second year in a row, the 66-year-old Newtown shepherd has entrusted a few choice members of her flock to the campers and counselors at Camp Galil. For seven weeks, the Shetland ewes live at the...
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The Jewish Social Policy Action Network joined in a brief filed in a state court last week as part of a challenge to the constitutionality of the Pennsylvania Photo Identification Law. Opponents have charged that the new law, which requires voters to have a photo ID to cast their ballots, could prevent seniors and minority voters from voting. Proponents contend...
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