Wednesday, July 30, 2014 Av 3, 5774
Give 600 people some training, sustain them with food, arm them with pledge cards and pens, then set them loose on the banks of phones at the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy. What do you get? More than 3,000 gifts totaling well over $1 million in contributions to the 2012 Jewish Federation Annual Campaign. The men, women, teens, young adults...
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For the leaders of Temple Brith Achim, a 275-family Reform congregation in King of Prussia, scrapping membership dues two years ago in favor of a pay-what-you-wish approach was a bit like stepping off a cliff. But after overhauling how members fund the entire synagogue operation -- in part, by trading the word "dues" for the more altruistic-sounding term "gift" --...
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Toward the end of her life, 15-year-old Rina Goldberg declared her bedroom to be a no-crying zone. She tried her best to enforce that policy, too, said her father, Ari, director of the Jewish Community High School at Gratz College. "If you're going to cry, leave the room," the Cheltenham teenager once told her grandma. Even as a debilitating disease...
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On a chilly Sunday evening, the main entrance to Beth David Reform Congregation in Gladwyne is dark, the parking lot almost empty. Inside, however, running feet and shrieks of laughter pierce the quiet. A dozen children swarm in and out of a multipurpose room as their parents set dessert on an L-shaped table. "Who wants to read a book?" congregant...
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Local Israeli film festival competes in its own way with Hollywood
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Will Oscar make aliyah on Feb. 26? With Footnote being feted at festivals -- and considered by some a front-runner for the best foreign film -- will the Israeli film actually take home the gold when the Academy Awards are announced later this month? It certainly wouldn't surprise Nurit Yaron, chairwoman of Philadelphia's Israeli Film Festival ( www.iffphila.org ), celebrating...
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