Tuesday, July 29, 2014 Av 2, 5774
A number of Jewish groups are opposing a recent decision by the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare to reinstitute an "asset test" for those relying on food stamps -- meaning that many individuals with some money in the bank may no longer be eligible. In Pennsylvania, eligibility for the federal program -- now known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program...
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Between raising two young boys in Merion Station and working as an organizational consultant, Lisa Kollisch Gottesman said she never had time to keep up her former involvement in choral singing. But at a friend's urging, last week she joined the Unity Choir, an annual collaboration of Zion Baptist Church, Main Line Reform Temple-Beth Elohim and Beth Am Israel. Just...
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In the fall of 2001, South Philadelphia photographer Zoe Strauss first displayed a series of images on concrete columns beneath a vacant, elevated section of I-95. Then 31 years old, she lacked formal training, hadn't attended college and had owned her 35-mm camera for a little more than a year. But she dreamed big. An autodidact armed with vast knowledge...
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Just before finals, University of Pennsylvania sophomore Noah Feit stumbled upon a Facebook link from a newly formed student group affiliated with the international movement that targets Israel with boycotts, divestment and sanctions. Another student might not have given it a second glance, but for Feit, the leader of Penn Friends of Israel, the Penn BDS post announcing a national...
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Starting next year, Temple University students will likely no longer be able to major or minor in Hebrew. Though board members must officially approve the change, officials say budgetary concerns and low enrollments make it practically a done deal. While the school will continue to offer a four-semester sequence of Hebrew for those who want to take it as a...
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