Sunday, February 1, 2015 Shevat 12, 5775

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Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg
After a 10-month national search, the board of trustees of the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf has tapped Larry S. Taub as the 15th head of school, succeeding Joseph E. Fischgrund, who will retire after 21 years at the helm. Taub, who is Jewish, is the first deaf individual in 186 years to head PSD in Germantown. Along with Taub's...
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Jewish agencies that rely heavily on state funding to provide social services are concerned that what they contend is a broad government strategy to "level fund" certain sectors -- in order to bolster other programs -- will leave them scrambling to meet costs. JEVS Human Services, the Abramson Center for Jewish Life, and the Jewish Family & Children's Service of...
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Following more than a decade of advocacy by Hadassah and other Jewish organizations, the House and Senate have each passed a bill that would prohibit employers and health-insurance firms from discriminating against individuals based on information obtained through genetic testing. "This is a sigh of relief. Beneficial testing doesn't have to bring with it the fear of discrimination," said Susannah...
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Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg
For the second year in a row, the Philadelphia Jewish community gathered inside the sanctuary of Congregation Rodeph Shalom in Center City for the annual Memorial Ceremony for the Six Million Jewish Martyrs. Even though the skies were clear -- and the sun was out, and the temperature rose to the low 70s -- the two-hour ceremony was relocated indoors,...
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Commemorating victims of the Holocaust remains a crucial act, but it should not be confused or conflated with the far more elusive process of remembering individuals whose lives were cut short by the Nazis, according to a noted author who's penned a memoir about his personal search to uncover the fate of relatives who perished then. "There is an impossibility...
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