Monday, November 24, 2014 Kislev 2, 5775
The Horticulture Center in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park provided the backdrop for a festive community celebration in honor of Israel Independence Day. Fifty-nine shofar blasts, one for each year of Israel's statehood, opened the May 6 community party, hosted by the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia and its Center for Israel and Overseas. With an estimated 8,000 men, women and children...
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Sally Friedman, JE Feature
Twenty-one-year-old Kishwer Vikaas describes her recent participation in a Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia Jewish Community Relations Council Interfaith Mission to Israel as "overwhelming -- in a wonderful, memorable way." This Temple University graduate and her father, Victor Gill, a leader in Philadelphia's Pakistani Christian community, traveled to the holy land of many faiths with a delegation of area clergy,...
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Sally Friedman, JF Feature
She was a woman with a generous heart and a caring soul. When Cindy Smukler Dorani speaks of her maternal grandmother, the late Mildred Lasch, that's the message that comes through loud and clear. The plaque hanging at the entrance to the Jewish Community Centers of Greater Philadelphia Kaiserman Branch preschool says it all about Lasch, who left a very...
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Sally Friedman, JF Feature
You're simply drowning in clutter. The garage, the basement, the attic, the spare room without an inch to spare, the guest room where no guest could possibly stay -- all are terminally stuffed. Sure, you've been meaning to have a yard sale. Or to get the kids to come by and take some of the excess off your hands. But...
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Sally Friedman, JF Feature
It's difficult for Dr. Daniel Bogen to describe what he was feeling about his Jewish heritage until recently. "Disconnected" is a word that seems applicable. "Curious" also applies. "There was a part of me that I just didn't know," said this soft-spoken, thoughtful M.D./Ph.D., who is an associate professor in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania. Growing...
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