Friday, May 6, 2016 Nisan 28, 5776
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As the economy worsens and the demand for social services increases, the faith-based community -- more than any other -- is providing the safety net and social services for people in need, according to local academic Ram Cnaan. Still, questions remain over the constitutionality and practicality of federal funding for such decidedly effective religious institutions. The sticking point remains whether...
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Emily Schmitt, JE Feature
Bottled water sales are slowing -- inspiring both sides of a water war to argue over whether this is just a ripple, or whether the bottled-water industry will be washed up for good. Wholesale bottled water sales topped $11 billion in 2007, still up from $10.8 billion in 2006. But sales growth running about 2.3 percent in 2008 is a...
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Taxpayers dread the prospect of facing an IRS audit. You can, however, take steps to minimize the likelihood that you'll be audited -- or ensure a more positive experience if you are, according to the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants. What's it all about? In an audit, the IRS contacts the taxpayer to verify some of the information contained...
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Fredda Sacharow, JE Feature
" ... Synagogues struggled under heavy financial burdens and mortgage debts, watched their memberships shrink, and were often forced to curtail programs and dismiss personnel. ... [The crisis] threatened both the economic health and substantive role of synagogues." University of Pennsylvania historian Beth S. Wenger was writing about another large city and another financial crisis in her 1996 book, New...
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Fredda Sacharow, JE Feature
Earlier this month, members of Or Hadash: A Reconstructionist Congregation in Fort Washington received a timely letter from their rabbi and other synagogue officials. The letter outlined measures the congregation is adopting to ease worshippers through difficult fiscal times: creating a synagogue-wide job bank, offering a seminar on resources available to those in need and holding a "Nosh With Rabbi...
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