Wednesday, December 17, 2014 Kislev 25, 5775

Lisa Hostein

Executive Editor
The closing of the only kosher butcher shop on the Main Line underscored the declining number of non-Orthodox Jews who keep kosher and exposed a rift over kashrut supervision. Find out the story behind the story.
In a last-ditch effort to reconcile their differences over how to merge, two Jewish middle schools agree to a new round of mediation.
Despite a failed attempt to merge two Jewish middle schools over the past few months, a flurry of activity in the past week suggests that the effort may not be over yet.
The board of the Perelman Jewish Day School approved a controversial plan to relocate its middle school from Melrose Park to Wynnewood.
The Perelman Jewish Day School board approved a plan to relocate its middle school from Melrose Park to Wynnewood.
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Lisa Hostein has been the executive editor of the Jewish Exponent since January 2009. She also began her career at the Exponent in the mid-1980s. In between, she served nearly 15 years as the editor of JTA, the international Jewish news agency based in New York.

She has traveled extensively around the world, exploring and writing about Jewish communities in places such as Turkey, Tunisia, Russia, India, the former Yugoslavia and Argentina.

A graduate of Swarthmore College, Lisa has received numerous journalism awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association and the American Jewish Press Association, which also named her as a recipient of the Award for Distinguished Service to Jewish Journalism.

Under her leadership, the Jewish Exponent has been named the best non-daily newspaper in the State of Pennsylvania and in the City of Philadelphia.

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