Friday, July 25, 2014 Tammuz 27, 5774

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ewish life wasn't a top priority when Jeremy Cooper was looking for a school. Little did the 22-year-old economics major from northeastern Pennsylvania know that he would end up becoming the president of a small, but transforming, Hillel at Villanova. They don't have a building, a rabbi, services or kosher food. Still, Cooper said, at least there's something that allows...
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As revolutionary fervor has swept the Arab world from Tunisia to Bahrain -- and engulfed Libya in one of the bloodiest conflicts -- the Jewish state has tred a delicate line between embracing democracy in theory and worrying about what Arab democracy might look like in practice. "We're watching with awe on one hand, with caution on the other; but...
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As someone who relied on charitable help as a child refugee from Russia, Alla Pasternack always knew she would give back when she was able. She doled out donations here and there to her kids' schools, medical research, the arts and the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, which handled her own family's resettlement. But she'd never committed strongly to any particular...
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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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