Friday, September 19, 2014 Elul 24, 5774

The Old York Road Revitalization Group, a coalition of synagogues hoping to bolster Jewish life in Elkins Park and the surrounding area, has hired the consulting group affiliated with the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania. Plagued by a growing sense that many younger families are choosing to move elsewhere, the group is seeking a plan to...
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Representatives of several local Jewish agencies and the Catholic Health Care Services last week lobbied in Washington, D.C., against a proposed plan to overhaul Medicaid. The group also pushed for a reauthorization of the Older Americans Act, the major federal funding source for assisting seniors. Participants said that by lobbying as an interfaith group, they made a statement that proposed...
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The windows of a Wynnefield mansion-turned-Orthodox shul were boarded up Wednesday after an early morning electrical fire damaged the upstairs. Congregation Raim Ahuvim president Marvin Gornish said he wasn't sure what would happen to the building because the dwindling membership had already left them with insufficient funds to carry fire insurance. Fire companies were dispatched to the building on the...
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For the first time in more than a century of existence, the Vaad: The Board of Rabbis of Greater Philadelphia has elected a woman to lead the organization. Rabbi Elisa Goldberg, formerly the board's vice president, has already begun her two-year term, taking over from Rabbi Jay Stein of Har Zion Temple. Goldberg, a Reconstructionist rabbi, is the director of...
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A Bucks County couple is challenging the Jewish community to support the JCC Maccabi Games that will be held in Philadelphia this August. Gene and Marlene Epstein will match up to $5,000 in donations made through June 30. "We must be supportive of Jewish events, especially one like the Maccabi Games, which bring together young people who share the pride...
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