Tuesday, July 28, 2015 Av 12, 5775

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While many of Max Gering's friends this week headed off to the Poconos and beyond to make up bunk beds next to old friends, the soon-to-be senior at Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy flew to Ghana with a group of 15 strangers.
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Valerie Khmelnitsky has lived in the United States for 20 years, but her social circle is still comprised almost entirely of other Jews born in the former Soviet Union.
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Representatives of several local Jewish agencies and the Catholic Health Care Services last week lobbied in Washington, D.C., against a proposed plan to overhaul Medicaid. The group also pushed for a reauthorization of the Older Americans Act, the major federal funding source for assisting seniors. Participants said that by lobbying as an interfaith group, they made a statement that proposed...
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The Old York Road Revitalization Group, a coalition of synagogues hoping to bolster Jewish life in Elkins Park and the surrounding area, has hired the consulting group affiliated with the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania. Plagued by a growing sense that many younger families are choosing to move elsewhere, the group is seeking a plan to...
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When Sheila Stockley started working at the former Northern Hebrew Day Nursery in 1956 at age 16, she spent most of her time watching the children roam around a cement playground until their parents, usually single moms, came to pick them up. Today, at 71, Stockley still works as an administrator and caregiver for the Jewish child care agency, which...
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