Monday, September 22, 2014 Elul 27, 5774

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For the last 10 years of his life, George Ross poured himself into building a National Museum of American Jewish History in the thick of the city's historic Independence Mall. He lived just long enough to see his dream realized. The 77-year-old investment banker and philanthropist died from lung cancer in his Bryn Mawr home on July 8. He was,...
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Karen Wendkos
"Where else would I get to study Shakespeare in Yiddish?" wondered Fran Strickberger as she stood on the dining-room porch of the Poconos vacation retreat, her camp experience in full swing. "We had no idea what to expect," said Bill Malenbaum of Northeast Philadelphia. "We'd heard good things and decided to give it a try." His wife, Rita, was so...
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The cuts in Gov. Tom Corbett's recently passed $27.3 billion state budget were not as steep as initially feared, but many Jewish agencies say the reductions will still hamper their ability to serve vulnerable populations. "This is the most severe budget we've seen in a long time," said Hank Butler, executive director of the Pennsylvania Jewish Coalition, which lobbies on...
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While students have left schoolwork behind for summer break, administrators at Barrack Hebrew Academy are searching for a new head of school. After three years on the job, Steven Brown stepped down June 30 "to pursue other personal and professional goals," according to a letter emailed to parents last week. Ariele Klausner, president of Barrack's board of directors, wrote that...
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Following the notion that a non-profit institution needs to be run with a business sensibility, the board of Gratz College has tapped a longtime Jewish communal fundraiser to be its next president. Joy Goldstein on June 21 was officially named the 116-year-old institution's first female president and the 10th in its history. The selection of Goldstein, who had been serving...
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