Saturday, May 30, 2015 Sivan 12, 5775
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Jessica Endy, Jewish Federation Feature
Sixty-eight-year-old Barry* lives in government-subsidized housing in the City Line Avenue section of Philadelphia. His mother, his only family, lives in a nursing home. Barry's small Social Security payments, combined with his $16 a month in food stamps and approximately $24-a-month pension, don't quite cover his basic living expenses each month, which include significant medical costs. Vacations are non-existent, and...
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Lynn Edelman, Jewish Federation Feature
On Sunday, Jan. 30, the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy was the place to be for Jews of all ages, affiliations and ancestral homelands. Among the nearly 600 Super Sunday volunteers were members of three distinct Russian groups -- Davai, RAJE and Uru Akhim -- Israelis from HaKesher HaIsraeli and Netivot Sedot-Negev, Federation's Partnership 2000 community; college students from area...
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Jessica Endy, Jewish Federation Feature
Last week's article on Connie and Joe Smukler ended with the couple's entree into the Soviet Jewry movement. This week's article, the final in the three-part series, further explores their involvement in both Soviet Jewry and broader communal issues, and how they are helping to inspire Jewish continuity. The Smuklers are being honored for their outstanding accomplishments on Tuesday, Feb...
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Jessica Endy, Jewish Federation Feature
A strong community doesn't just exist. It must be established and cultivated through hard work. Thankfully for both the local and global Jewish community, Connie and Joe Smukler understand the work it takes -- and over the past 50 years have dedicated their own blood, sweat and tears to significantly strengthening the Jewish world. For their efforts to transform Jewish...
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Lynn B. Edelman, Jewish Federation Feature
The current calendar year is drawing to a close. Many, in good faith, had resolved to make 2010 gifts of cash, stocks, mutual funds, real estate and other appreciated assets to Federation to help assure the future of the Greater Philadelphia Jewish community. It's not too late to act on these good intentions and realize significant tax savings. Congress has...
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