Thursday, September 29, 2016 Elul 26, 5776

Donors Important, Sure, but Pros Must Decide In recent weeks, the Jewish Exponent has quoted Federation officials saying that "donor wishes are paramount" and that "we must try to educate donors." The community is very dependent on the generosity of individual donors and foundations for funds to help those in our community and Israel who are in need. However, we...
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The media is once again rife with speculation over if and when Israel or the United States might attack Iran to quash its nuclear ambitions. The latest debate was sparked by a lengthy cover story in the September issue of The Atlantic by Jeffrey Goldberg. After speaking to a number of senior U.S. and Israeli officials, Goldberg reaches this conclusion:...
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By:
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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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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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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