Saturday, September 20, 2014 Elul 25, 5774
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In the past, contacting the Jewish Agency for Israel - a quasi-governmental Israeli institution with branches worldwide - suggested a desire for a one-way ticket to Israel, and to trade one home country for another. While JAFI has far from given up on its original goals, its American arm is now reformulating its mission in broader terms. Fostering Jewish identity...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
Magda Brown is 100, and at her age, a normal day is pretty light: visits from her daughter, watching some television and spending time with her husband, Herbert, who is 105. But over the course of several days recently, she found herself posing in front of photographers and TV cameras, and answering question after question about her long life. All...
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At the height of summer, senior services offer relief
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
Feel like going swimming? Just take a walk outside. After working your way through all the moisture and humidity, you’ll be soaked — without getting anywhere near a pool. The recent heat wave scorching Philadelphia has put the city over 90 degrees for five straight days, from July 18 to July 22, broken by the weekend only to resume on...
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Jan L. Apple, JE Feature
Some may find it hard to believe, but hunger is a real and pressing issue in the Greater Philadelphia Jewish community. An estimated 5,700 Jewish households are in dire need of assistance. The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia's Center for Social Responsibility is mandated to direct resources in the community to help low-income Jews receive proper nourishment. According to center...
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Matt Peskin is executive director of the National Association of Town Watch, a nonprofit group dedicated to the development and promotion of crime- and drug-prevention programs, as well as creator of "National Night Out," an annual event - this year, Aug. 2 - to strengthen neighbors' relationships with each other and with law enforcement. The 51-year-old Wynnewood resident founded the...
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