Tuesday, January 27, 2015 Shevat 7, 5775

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Aaron Passman, JE Staff
When Karen Krebs-Wellerstein lost her job in May, it came as a sudden shock. For more than six years, she had worked to raise funds from major donors for the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia. With her department already shrunk, she thought she was safe. "I was very surprised," said the 55-year-old. But she didn't waste time feeling sorry for...
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Rebecca Strober
FIRST PERSON At age 10, most girls receive Barbie dolls, games or play make-up as a birthday present. I received a lifetime membership to Hadassah from my grandmother, Roslyn Rivlin Strober. "Grandma Booboo" had been a longtime Hadassah supporter, and had raised money for the cause both during the years that she lived in Israel as a young adult, and...
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Two Republican contenders -- one Jewish and the other a non-Jew with Jewish interests -- are hoping to pull off the upset of a lifetime come Election Day on Nov. 3. In a city where Democrats outnumber Republicans by a 7-1 margin, the last time a GOP candidate sought citywide office, he got 17 percent of the vote. Most pundits...
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Dina Kraft, JE Feature
Kibbutz Mashabe Sadeh, Israel From deep below the sands of the Negev Desert, water is being drilled for irrigating crops and even supplying water for fish ponds. In Israel, struggling with the most severe water crisis in its history, every tiny drop of water counts. This summer marked its fifth consecutive year of drought, its main reservoirs have dipped below...
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Sally Friedman, JE Feature
When he was a sophomore at Harvard majoring in computer science, Tal Ben-Shahar should have been on top of the world. He was doing well academically, he was thriving socially, and he was playing varsity soccer -- but something was off. He was strangely unhappy. So he went to his adviser, as he recently told a capacity audience at Temple...
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