Thursday, July 31, 2014 Av 4, 5774
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Throughout the school year, the seventh-grade girls at Politz Hebrew Academy and women of the seniors group of the Jewish Community Centers Klein Branch have reached out to one another in three programs keyed to Jewish holidays. "The students have come to understand that seniors are active, vibrant people whose lives have been enriched by their experiences," said Besie Katz,...
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What did a group of 75 staff and volunteers from 10 synagogues do after successfully holding a number of crowd-drawing, people-connecting Synaplex™ Shabbats during the year? They came together to "Celebrate Synaplex™ Philadelphia" - along with synagogue members interested in holding such services in the future, at Congregation Beth Or in Maple Glen on May 17. The event was sponsored...
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Jan L. Apple, JF Feature
The first in a series of "Money Smart" interactive workshops took place in May at the Jewish Community Centers Stiffel Senior Center. In a rapidly changing, high-tech society with 24-hour automated banking and concerns about money-management, fraud and security, "Money Smart" is a program aimed at increasing financial literacy among community members, and moving them toward self-sufficiency. The first workshop...
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"Israel in Our Hearts" was a celebration that reached for the sky, beginning with 58 shofar-blowers, ages 5 to 75, who came together from throughout the Greater Philadelphia area to open the local celebration of the Jewish homeland's 58 years of independence. Approximately 7,000 people attended. "It was a great Jewish shout-out," said Rabbi David Gutterman, director of the Vaad:...
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Tax accountants, like Andy Cherry, help keep their clients' books balanced. On his first trip to Israel in March with the Renaissance Group of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, he said he found another kind of balance - "of learning, experiencing, connecting and having fun." Cherry co-chaired the 20-member Renaissance contingent with Ken Greenberg and Andrew Krouk; each person...
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