Friday, August 1, 2014 Av 5, 5774
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The architects of a new charitable partnership are not only hoping to dramatically improve how the Jewish community serves families with special needs, they're also seeking to shake up how big-league private philanthropy is practiced in the region. The idea behind the Venture Philanthropy Partnership is to devote significant resources to areas that have been traditionally underfunded by Jewish organizations...
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John Featherman knows a little something about long odds. Injured in a horseback-riding accident at age 7, he was told that he'd never breathe on his own again. Featherman, who's overcome numerous related physical challenges, is a 46-year-old Center City real estate agent who has made several unsuccessful runs for political offices. Now, he's embarking on what most political observers...
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Roughly a dozen local rabbis and rabbinical students signed a letter calling on Brandeis University's Hillel to reverse its decision and accept a membership bid by the local Jewish Voice for Peace Chapter. Several weeks ago, Hillel's board voted to reject the application of JVP, an organization that has been criticized for its support of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions...
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A Philadelphia City Council resolution calling for hearings on prayer in the public schools has drawn a sharp rebuke from the Anti-Defamation League's regional director. In a letter to the resolution's chief sponsor, City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell (D-District 3), Barry Morrison wrote that "any governmental or school promotion or endorsement of a student's private religious activity may be considered a...
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Raphael Falkoff
Plenty of foreigners are leaving Japan, but the past weeks have made no dent in my passport. There are many people who are jumping ship for theoretically less radioactive waters, but I'm not ready to leave. The reasons for me staying here are powerful, yet simple: For the time being, this is my home. This is my country, at least...
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