Friday, August 28, 2015 Elul 13, 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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Nan Myers, JE Feature
This was truly a Dream Village," says Shoshana Isenberg. She is talking about the mini-vacation granted her family by the Sunshine Foundation (www. sunshinefoundation.org) , an organization headquartered in Feasterville, whose stated "sole purpose is to answer the dreams of chronically ill, seriously ill, physically challenged and abused children whose families cannot fulfill their child's requests due to the financial...
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Exotic, enticing -- yet offering a truly relaxing, laid-back experience
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Elyse Glickman, JE Feature
Though travelers often associate India with earthy, jewel tones found in the great historic sites, palaces and temples of Rajasthan and the "Golden Triangle" (headlined by the wondrous Taj Mahal), Calcutta -- or Kolkata, as it is now officially known -- is awash in green. While much of the city's foliage is a direct result of British colonialism personified in...
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Andrew Marcione, JE Feature
Akko's (Acre) rich maritime history and importance goes back millennia, continuing to make it a top destination while traveling in Israel. A trip to Akko allows visitors to go back in time and relish the chronicles of its sea-faring legacy. The Egyptians, Ottomans, the Crusaders -- and even Napoleon -- have all set foot and left their imprint there. The...
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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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