Saturday, April 19, 2014 Nisan 19, 5774

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Alison Buckholtz, JE Feature
During my husband Scott's seven-month deployment on an aircraft carrier last year, much of our life seemed upside-down. Our two young children were confused, and at times distraught, over their father's absence; my role as the "Skipper's wife" (my husband is a Navy pilot and commanding officer of his squadron) was a far cry from what I had imagined myself...
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They relish life in the Philadelphia area, yet hesitate when it comes to involvement
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Daphna Berman, JE Feature
Viktor Fadlon attended Shabbat services every Friday night in his native Israel, but in the nearly three years since he moved to Philadelphia, the 25-year-old says that he's been to synagogue just once. "I haven't connected to the Jewish community," he admitted recently, taking a break from his job as manager of a Center City pizzeria and bar. "I work...
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The board of trustees of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia has approved the allocation of more than $23.2 million to a broad swath of Jewish programs, projects and institutions in the region and beyond. In a nod to grim economic realities and increased communal need, Federation shifted a greater percentage of its resources to social-service and critical-needs programs, while,...
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
Hansi Wang grew up in the Philadelphia area and will graduate from Swarthmore College later this month with a bachelor's degree in political science. His parents, on the other hand, immigrated to Philadelphia from China and Vietnam, respectively, his father in search of educational opportunities and his mother as a refugee fleeing the Vietnam war. Perhaps as a result of...
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GOP members weigh in on what Sen. Arlen Specter's defection means to them -- and the party
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Less than a year ago -- but what now seems like a political lifetime -- the Republican Party hoped it was on the verge of making serious gains among Jewish voters in Pennsylvania and nationwide. U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.), considered highly popular among American Jews, had decided to back John McCain for president, and was considered a top prospect...
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