Monday, December 22, 2014 Kislev 30, 5775
The evening before the Anti-Defamation League was set to release its annual audit of anti-Semitic incidents, just such an event was being perpetrated at a local Conservative synagogue. Arriving for morning minyan, congregants at Congregation Ner Zedek-Ezrath Israel-Beth Uziel in Northeast Philadelphia found a gold, spray-painted swastika on the front of their building, reported office manager Terrie Bass. The offending...
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Daphna Berman, JE Feature
If it costs $40,000 to treat a patient for a gunshot wound and $30,000 to incarcerate a convict, then the $1,200 it costs to pair an at-risk child with a mentor -- thereby increasing the child's chances of staying in school and away from crime -- is actually a sound financial investment. That, essentially, is the business model driving the...
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
Emanuel "Manny" Mandel is a social worker in the Washington, D.C., suburbs who also finds time to volunteer at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. In the early 1950s, he was the new kid at Philadelphia's Central High School in Olney -- and had a background few knew about: He was a teenage Holocaust survivor. Mandel was back at the...
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Ten years ago, all three of Philadelphia's top citywide officials were Jewish: Mayor Ed Rendell, District Attorney Lynne Abraham and Controller Jonathan Saidel. With Abraham set to retire at the end of the year, and the results in from the May 19 primary, the most likely scenario is that City Controller Alan Butkovitz will remain Philadelphia's lone Jewish elected official...
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They relish life in the Philadelphia area, yet hesitate when it comes to involvement
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Daphna Berman, JE Feature
Viktor Fadlon attended Shabbat services every Friday night in his native Israel, but in the nearly three years since he moved to Philadelphia, the 25-year-old says that he's been to synagogue just once. "I haven't connected to the Jewish community," he admitted recently, taking a break from his job as manager of a Center City pizzeria and bar. "I work...
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