Tuesday, July 22, 2014 Tammuz 24, 5774

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As someone who relied on charitable help as a child refugee from Russia, Alla Pasternack always knew she would give back when she was able. She doled out donations here and there to her kids' schools, medical research, the arts and the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, which handled her own family's resettlement. But she'd never committed strongly to any particular...
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The architects of a new charitable partnership are not only hoping to dramatically improve how the Jewish community serves families with special needs, they're also seeking to shake up how big-league private philanthropy is practiced in the region. The idea behind the Venture Philanthropy Partnership is to devote significant resources to areas that have been traditionally underfunded by Jewish organizations...
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John Featherman knows a little something about long odds. Injured in a horseback-riding accident at age 7, he was told that he'd never breathe on his own again. Featherman, who's overcome numerous related physical challenges, is a 46-year-old Center City real estate agent who has made several unsuccessful runs for political offices. Now, he's embarking on what most political observers...
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At a time when the Jewish philanthropic world constantly bemoans the lack of young donors, 40-year-old Shira Goodman is busy helping her sons select the charity to which they'll designate a portion of their allowance. Brian Levine, a 32-year-old funeral-home co-owner, is getting ready to serve a massive community Passover seder funded heavily by the nonprofit Passover League. And in...
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Roughly a dozen local rabbis and rabbinical students signed a letter calling on Brandeis University's Hillel to reverse its decision and accept a membership bid by the local Jewish Voice for Peace Chapter. Several weeks ago, Hillel's board voted to reject the application of JVP, an organization that has been criticized for its support of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions...
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