Thursday, July 2, 2015 Tammuz 15, 5775

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Valerie Khmelnitsky has lived in the United States for 20 years, but her social circle is still comprised almost entirely of other Jews born in the former Soviet Union.
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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 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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When Sheila Stockley started working at the former Northern Hebrew Day Nursery in 1956 at age 16, she spent most of her time watching the children roam around a cement playground until their parents, usually single moms, came to pick them up. Today, at 71, Stockley still works as an administrator and caregiver for the Jewish child care agency, which...
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The West Laurel Hill Cemetery in Bala Cynwyd is set to officially, and belatedly, open its Jewish section later this month, making it the newest Jewish burial space in the area. But it remains to be seen whether a newcomer -- a private company running a historic cemetery with Quaker roots -- can make inroads in a Jewish community that...
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