Friday, May 29, 2015 Sivan 11, 5775
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When agunah -rights activist Laura Shaw Frank stepped to the podium after the screening of "Mekudeshet: Sentenced to Marriage," you could have heard a pin drop. The women, members and guests of Federation's Women of Vision, the Jewish Women's Foundation of Greater Philadelphia, were, according to WOV program co-chair Penni Blaskey, "stunned into silence by the desperate plight of the...
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In response to last week's revelation of terrorist plots involving synagogues in Chicago through air-mailed explosives, a number of Philadelphia Jewish facilities have enhanced slightly or maintained the status quo of their security standards, according to a random sampling of area synagogues and organizations. At Beth Sholom Congregation in Elkins Park, "we have had in place a package-receipt system for...
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Sara Minkoff, president of Women's Philanthropy, told the more than 135 Lions of Judah -- women who contribute a minimum personal gift of $5,000 to the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia's annual campaign -- that they have the power to transform lives every day through their philanthropic support. She recalled for the group, who gathered on Oct. 20 at Philadelphia's...
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Congregation Beth Or, a Reform synagogue in Maple Glen, raised a record $13,000 during its summer "Oy Vey 5K," a race/walk that drew more than 300 participants. Proceeds from this fifth annual event, which was run by the synagogue with financial support from the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, benefited three charitable organizations. Federation's Mitzvah Food Project received $4,300 from...
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Dr. Marsha B. Edelman, JE Feature
Age has its privileges, and there are tangible benefits to growing older. Yet many Jewish Philadelphians ages 60 and older are not receiving the full complement of federal and state benefits to which they are entitled. A new partnership forged between the BenePhilly Enrollment Center and the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia aims to correct this situation. Brian Gralnick, director...
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