Friday, July 31, 2015 Av 15, 5775

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The architects of a new charitable partnership are not only hoping to dramatically improve how the Jewish community serves families with special needs, they're also seeking to shake up how big-league private philanthropy is practiced in the region. The idea behind the Venture Philanthropy Partnership is to devote significant resources to areas that have been traditionally underfunded by Jewish organizations...
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As someone who relied on charitable help as a child refugee from Russia, Alla Pasternack always knew she would give back when she was able. She doled out donations here and there to her kids' schools, medical research, the arts and the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, which handled her own family's resettlement. But she'd never committed strongly to any particular...
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Old City resident with modern ideas about website discounts and bargains
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Adam Taxin
Some might shy away before opening a new business venture at a time when it would be charitable to describe the U.S. economy as "stagnant." Others, however, might embrace opportunity where it happens. Matthew Balin belongs to the latter group; last year around this time, he launched the consumer deal website MyChinoki.com. It's hard to miss the enthusiasm that Balin...
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As he prayed in a packed Northeast Philadelphia congregation, with the clear morning light filtering through the windows, Rabbi Shlomo Moshe Amar's long white beard appeared to become one with the tallis that was enshrouding his head. At a traditional break in the service, the Moroccan-born Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Israel -- on a rare visit to Philadelphia -- began...
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Purchasing plots and headstones is the next thing Lisa Toll plans to do once money allows. But not for herself -- for her 29-year-old twins, both of whom have Asperger's syndrome, coupled with other mental disabilities. She's already paying for multiple life-insurance policies so they'll have something to live on once she's gone. It's not that Toll is preparing to...
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