Saturday, August 29, 2015 Elul 14, 5775
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A little over a year after Howard Fischer's daughter returned from a 10-day, whirlwind Birthright Israel trip, the organization invited the Philadelphia businessman to a fundraising presentation. Fischer, president of an executive search firm, said he's a longtime supporter of Birthright's mission but hadn't been compelled to put such support into dollars until he heard the impact of the experience...
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On Yom Kippur, for the first time in his life, work kept Avi Behar from going to shul. Instead, the 23-year-old lieutenant from Cherry Hill, N.J., commanded a convoy mission in western Afghanistan. In lieu of services, he wore a camouflage kipah and paused during breaks to read from a matching, army-issued prayerbook, he said. It was nothing like home,...
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On a recent summer day, Rabbi Shloime Isaacson received an urgent call: A 98-year-woman was having difficulty breathing. Isaacson was on his way to a meeting with a potential donor for a summer-camp program connected with his Northeast Philadelphia Orthodox shul, but he quickly took a detour. He was only about a mile from the woman's home, so he sped...
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​Laura Goldman, JE Feature
Nine years after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and seven years after his law firm launched its first lawsuit to hold Saudi Arabia accountable, Stephen Cozen is not giving up. But his attention has shifted, at least for now, from the courtroom to Congress to help advance the cause. At a recent hearing of a Senate Judiciary subcommittee on a...
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For more than 70 years, the Jewish Labor Committee has had a presence in Philadelphia. But there's a real chance that the local office could close up shop before Labor Day of next year, according to the organization's leaders. While a number of long-term factors have contributed to the JLC's struggles -- chief among them the steady decline of the...
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