Friday, July 25, 2014 Tammuz 27, 5774
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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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Lauren Pound Somer, JF Feature
Do your friends think you're full of hot air - enough to give the shofar a good strong blast? If so, the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia is looking for your help on May 21, when the entire community will come together on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to celebrate Yom Ha'atzmaut, Israel Independence Day. Organizers of this year's simcha, "Israel...
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Celebrating Israel in style
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While the Philadelphia Jewish Community has a long tradition of celebrating Yom Ha'atzmaut - Israel Independence Day - the event's scope and participation has grown exponentially since its first anniversary was celebrated locally at the Broadwood Hotel in 1949. An article in the May 6, 1949 Jewish Exponent noted that it was attended by Jewish leaders such as Samuel Daroff,...
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Jan L. Apple, JF Feature
Some American Jewish youth choose the spiritual path of traveling to Israel to become a Bar or Bat Mitzvah. Alex Kleiman found his path on a United Jewish Communities' family mission to Israel in August 2005. After visiting an Ethiopian absorption center, he became so deeply moved that he created a Bar Mitzvah project to help Ethiopian Jews. On Saturday,...
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