Monday, September 1, 2014 Elul 6, 5774

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The Stiffel Senior Center in South Philadelphia may be slated to close, but that's not stopping a group calling itself Save Our Stiffel from trying to raise enough money to keep the place open. "Everybody thinks it's a done deal," lamented Laurel Katz, the South Philadelphia resident organizing the group of about 30 volunteers and supporters of the center. But...
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Standing with his arms crossed, Zion Bakshi gazed at a collage of photos and clippings harkening back to his life as a wrestling champion. Back then, more than 50 years ago, wrestling in Israel didn't pay the bills, so he traded in his beloved sport to study engineering in Philadelphia. But the 75-year-old Center City resident still mulls over his...
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The first meeting of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia's Israel Action Coalition passed without a hitch, bringing together activists from across the political spectrum. Some 120 local activists came to the June 7 meeting, representing a true cross-section of the community that included rabbis of different streams as well as members of both J Street and the Zionist Organization...
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Nearly a year after the Pennsylvania General Assembly passed a law calling on the state's retirement funds to divest from foreign companies doing business in Iran and Sudan, a total of 14 of those firms have cut their ties with the rogue nations or expressed the intent to do so. According to an audit that's been conducted over the past...
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Betsy Teutsch, Jewish Exponent Feature
The drafting table where I have been perched, creating ketubot for the past 37 years, has proven to be a ringside seat for detecting trends in the Jewish community. In honor of June, which was once peak wedding month and still is a popular time to exchange vows, here are some of my ethno-sociological observations: May and June were popular...
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