Wednesday, May 27, 2015 Sivan 9, 5775
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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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A few minutes after sunrise on a recent Thursday, Barry Gesserman arrived at Congregation Beth Hamedrosh, an Orthodox shul in Wynnewood, and took his seat in a long, narrow room as light began filtering in through the floor-to-ceiling windows. Nearly every day for the past 15 years, save for an emergency or a trip out of town, Gesserman has gotten...
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As Holocaust survivor Joseph Gringlas spoke to a group of Catholic school teachers at Daylesford Abbey last Thursday, Eileen Marie Dunn had the urge to apologize to him on behalf of the Polish nation. Over the four-day Bearing Witness professional development program developed by the Anti-Defamation League, Dunn came face to face with survivors for the first time. The middle...
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The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, the central fundraising body of the local Jewish community, has approved the allocation of $22.1 million -- of which $15.7 million was unrestricted funds -- to support a wide range of initiatives, ranging from Jewish education to social services. The funding decisions were made official at Federation's July 26 board of trustees meeting. The...
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Vivian Felzer cast her first ballot for president in 1940. She went with a popular choice, Franklin Delano Roosevelt. She's voted in every presidential election since and Felzer, now a registered Republican, plans to do so in November. But when Pennsylvania's new voter ID law recently went into effect, it created a bit of a problem for the 93-year-old. She...
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