Saturday, August 29, 2015 Elul 14, 5775
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If you could pick one adjective to describe your first year at Federation what would that be? "Challenging" is the word that comes to mind. It has been a year marked by changes -- some difficult and others exhilarating. I'm reminded of a quote from one of my favorite Dickens novels: "It was the best of times, and the worst...
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Sally Friedman, JF Feature
Forget those athletes who rake in the millions, or the actors who are revered by a celebrity-adoring culture. The true heroes of a community are those who can ignite a child's mind and touch his soul. They are also known as ... teachers. In 1998, a critical shortage of trained teachers existed in the region's supplemental Hebrew schools. So to...
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Jessica Endy, JF Feature
For more than 20 years, Lyn and Roy Neff have been addressing the needs of the Jewish community through the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia. For Lyn Neff, involvement began when a friend introduced her to what was then Federation's Young Women's Division. For Roy Neff, it was when his business partner, Richard Cooper, recommended he attend a Federation event...
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Lauren Pound Somers, JF Feature
It may not be as drastic a difference as "New Coke" versus "Classic Coke," but many in the local Jewish community are already referring to today's Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia as the "new Federation." Both the perception and the reality point to a new direction for the 106-year-old organization, with community leaders like Lynne and Leonard Barrack helping to...
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Lauren Pound Somers, JF Feature
Michael Coslov doesn't easily take "no" for an answer. He refused to capitulate to the financial challenges faced by the steel industry, and was determined to grow his business regardless of difficult times. To this end, he managed to sell his business three times in the last four years to private equity interests. The last of these transactions was with...
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