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Lisa Hostein

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This year's Chanukah parties at the White House took on added meaning, coming on the day that Alan Gross was released from Cuba.
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The pledges, made by two top lay leaders of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, aim to set an example for others to "step up and do more" as the campaign year draws to a close.
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Seven months into her post, Naomi Adler candidly discusses the issues facing Philadelphia Jewry's central fundraising body, what she has learned so far, and the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.
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Leaders of three synagogues along the Old York Road corridor hope their plans for a groundbreaking Hebrew school merger will create a stronger program and provide students with a larger Jewish social network.
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From college students to veteran attendees, Philadelphia boasted one of the largest delegations at this year's gathering for federation leaders from across North America.
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Profile

Lisa Hostein was the executive editor of the Jewish Exponent from January 2009 until June 2015. She also began her career at the Exponent in the mid-1980s. In between, she served nearly 15 years as the editor of JTA, the international Jewish news agency based in New York.

She has traveled extensively around the world, exploring and writing about Jewish communities in places such as Turkey, Tunisia, Russia, India, the former Yugoslavia and Argentina.

A graduate of Swarthmore College, Lisa has received numerous journalism awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association and the American Jewish Press Association, which also named her as a recipient of the Award for Distinguished Service to Jewish Journalism.

Under her leadership, the Jewish Exponent won numerous Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Jewish awards.

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