Saturday, April 18, 2015 Nisan 29, 5775
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For more than 70 years, the Jewish Labor Committee has had a presence in Philadelphia. But there's a real chance that the local office could close up shop before Labor Day of next year, according to the organization's leaders. While a number of long-term factors have contributed to the JLC's struggles -- chief among them the steady decline of the...
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Shir Ben-Gigi doesn't mind that the only thing most people seem to know about her hometown of Mitzpe Ramon in the Negev -- if they know anything at all -- is that it overlooks a giant crater. The 25-year-old offspring of Moroccan immigrants to Israel acknowledged that, apart from that natural wonder, there's really not much reason to go there...
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Dressed in a hijab, Sarah Shiha, a 22-year-old Egyptian who hopes to one day preach the Koran on the airwaves, declares a desire to study Torah. But before her recent visit to Philadelphia, she'd never even met a Jew. Now, after participating in a five-week seminar on democracy and religious pluralism for students from the Arab world that included several...
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Protracted budget fights have been a mainstay of Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell's tenure in office. Last year's battle went into deep innings, creating months of fiscal uncertainty for some Jewish groups that depend on crucial state dollars. But this year's negotiations with the General Assembly, Rendell's last, was settled on time -- albeit with one major wrinkle. Jewish groups said...
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How does the Philadelphia-area community's central fundraising body go about parceling out millions of dollars for local, national and international needs? It's a question many may be wondering as this year's funding process culminated last week with a vote by the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia's board of directors to approve the allocation of $16.3 million in unrestricted funds to...
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