Wednesday, April 23, 2014 Nisan 23, 5774
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Protracted budget fights have been a mainstay of Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell's tenure in office. Last year's battle went into deep innings, creating months of fiscal uncertainty for some Jewish groups that depend on crucial state dollars. But this year's negotiations with the General Assembly, Rendell's last, was settled on time -- albeit with one major wrinkle. Jewish groups said...
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Deciding which Jewish organizations and programs receive communal funding -- and how much -- has always been a difficult call. This year, volunteers and professionals described the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia's allocation process as downright "impossible." That's because the funds -- which comes from unrestricted dollars raised from the Jewish community -- shrank from last year by 14 percent,...
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How does the Philadelphia-area community's central fundraising body go about parceling out millions of dollars for local, national and international needs? It's a question many may be wondering as this year's funding process culminated last week with a vote by the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia's board of directors to approve the allocation of $16.3 million in unrestricted funds to...
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
If you've shipped your child off to Jewish overnight camp for the summer, you're likely envisioning all the standard camp fare -- sports, swimming, some Shabbat worship, maybe even an unfortunate bout of sunburn or poison ivy. What you might not realize is that your child could unwittingly be meeting his or her future spouse. That's exactly what happened to...
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Morton Klein, national president of the Zionist Organization of America, and Steve Masters of JStreet -- spokesmen of the political right and left when it comes to Israel issues -- generally don't agree on much. Yet they had similar reactions after returning from the 36th World Zionist Congress, which brought some 1,500 delegates from around the world to Jerusalem in...
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