Tuesday, October 21, 2014 Tishri 27, 5775
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City Controller Alan Butkovitz has been at the helm of a resolution to divest from Sudan, which Philadelphia's pension board passed on Sept. 27. This means that the city will stop using its $4.2 billion retirement chest to invest in companies that do business with the African nation in an effort to assist its struggling populace. Butkovitz, who came to...
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Growing up in rural Argentina, Leo Vinovesky, now 40, dreamed that he would one day become a representative of the State of Israel. "I had two aspirations as a teenager; one is that I would make aliyah, two is that I would represent my new, old country," recalled Vinovesky, who in 1987 emigrated from the Jewish settlement of Rosario, Argentina,...
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Ryan Teitman
When Etz Chaim of Eastern Montgomery County opens in a storefront right near the Elkins Park train station this November, commuters will have an exciting new option in Jewish education: "Torah Express." These 15-minute classes will allow commuters to have a danish and coffee, hear a brief lesson for the day, then catch their train to work. This innovative class...
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Ryan Teitman
In just a year's time, Congregation Beth El in Yardley hopes to be holding its High Holiday services in its own sanctuary -- and not at Pennsbury Middle School. For years, come each fall, the congregation has had to rent space in the school since the shul's growing membership could not fit in into the synagogue chapel. After four years...
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Ten years ago, Jeremy Cowan could be seen driving around San Francisco in his grandmother's Volvo, hand-delivering bottles of his homemade beer to local merchants. The label featured a smiling, cartoonish-like rabbi and a tongue-in-cheek name -- "He'Brew." The idea may have started out as a gag between Cowan and some of his friends, but he soon realized that he...
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