Sunday, December 28, 2014 Tevet 6, 5775

Truth About Allocations: Some Needs Unsatisfied I've been involved in the allocations process at the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia for the last three decades, so perhaps my observations can be helpful (City & Suburb: "Federation Gives Final Nod to Slate, Allocations," Aug. 5). The process is time-consuming for the agencies, volunteers, and especially, for the staff. There is no...
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By:
Hayim Herring
I do not know Marc Mezvinsky, Chelsea Clinton or any members of their families. But I am puzzled by the vast amount of digital deliberations in the Jewish blogosphere about their wedding, and the absence of more attention to their ongoing relationship with the Jewish community now that they have married. If I did know them, here is what I...
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Hinda Mandell
Consider these findings from a recent research survey on Bernie Madoff: Jews are two-and-a-half times more likely than non-Jews to correctly answer the question: "What is Madoff's religion?" Jewish respondents are seven-and-a-half times more likely than non-Jewish respondents to believe that the con man's religion is significant. And Jews are more likely than their non-Jewish counterparts to agree with the...
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Forgive us for being a tad skeptical that a United Nations panel could impartially investigate the now notorious flotilla affair without impugning Israel as the culprit. Given recent history, it's hard not to compute "U.N." plus "inquiry" without arriving at Goldstone, the outrageously one-sided excoriation of Israel's actions during the 2008 Gaza war. The U.N. inquiry, announced this week, will...
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Leonard Barrac
As part of this year's funding process, the chairs and volunteers of each Center Board (Center for Social Responsibility, Center for Jewish Life and Learning and Center for Israel and Overseas) of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia worked through a very difficult and challenging process, reviewing and discussing hundreds of proposals from community groups locally and overseas. As the...
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