Wednesday, August 27, 2014 Elul 1, 5774

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Like the ancient Athenians during the golden age of early democracy, Harris Sokoloff, an associate professor of education at the University of Pennsylvania, places great faith in the power of dialogue and collective decision-making. "When people get together and you provide them with the opportunity to talk through something in a structured way, the result that emerges is often wiser...
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Jewish communal agencies in the Philadelphia area received a total of roughly $60 million this past year in state funds, according to officials at the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia. So, as the political wrangling over this year's budget gets under way -- a process expected to take months -- communal leaders and professionals are keeping an eye on Harrisburg,...
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It looks as if the mayoral campaign won't be all wrapped up after May 15, the date of the hotly contested Democratic primary. That's because a Republican, 53-year-old Al Taubenberger, has entered the race. But it remains to be seen whether come November, the GOP hopeful can pose any kind of serious challenge to the Democratic nominee. Taubenberger's facing real...
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Watch out, Oprah! There's a new book club in town, and it seeks to revolutionize the reading community in Philadelphia. According to Kehillah of Center City coordinator Catherine Fischer, "People of the Book" -- as the club is called -- aims to provide a citywide venue for the reading and discussion of books of Jewish interest. To do so, Fischer...
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Ryan Teitman
Throughout its 160 years, Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park has retained its devotion to the spirit of social justice. From its first rabbi -- an abolitionist who led the congregation during the Civil War period -- to the synagogue's recent relief efforts in response to Hurricane Katrina, K.I. has kept the focus on helping those in need. It...
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