Saturday, May 23, 2015 Sivan 5, 5775

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Fredda Sacharow, Jewish Exponent Feature
He was part of a team that convinced 3,000 Bolivian farmers to stop growing coca for cocaine and start cultivating bananas. He helped forge an agreement that ended the bitter, three-month long Writers Guild strike in 2008. He moderated a discussion between Latvia's agriculture minister and its defense minister that nudged a fledgling government closer to democracy. He even finessed...
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Terms like ratio analysis and comparative financial analysis may sound like gobbledygook -- at least to those who haven't studied business or statistics. But supporters of a new initiative to systematically analyze the financial health and practices of Philadelphia-area Jewish day schools hope that by employing such measures, the institutions can become more efficient and affordable. The $720,000 project is...
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On a section of the wall in Rabbi Albert Gabbai's book-lined living room hang images that conjure up moments in the life of Egypt's vanished Jewish community. In one photograph, taken in the early 1940s, a group of men dressed in traditional Ottoman hats hover over a swaddled infant, Gabbai's older brother, following his brit milah. But don't expect the...
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There hasn't been a Jewish member of Philadelphia City Council since the death of 90-year-old David Cohen in 2005. Now, at least two Jews are campaigning for a council seat, though there's still more than a month left to file to be on the ballot for the May 17 primary. One of the Jewish Democratic contenders is Cohen's daughter, Sherrie...
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Standing before an auditorium filled with 130 high school students -- many of whom seemed to be stuck in a post-lunch lull -- Alan Luxenberg pointed to a screen where an unlabeled map of the Middle East appeared. He zoomed in on a portion of the image, then asked, "What are we looking at?" He was met with silence. "It's...
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