Saturday, September 5, 2015 Elul 21, 5775

Lisa Hostein

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This past Jewish year was a banner one for women attaining top Jewish communal positions in Philadelphia, but much more needs to be done to achieve full equality.
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Longtime Israeli journalist Ari Shavit was on a quest to answer three questions: “Why Israel? What Israel? Will Israel?”
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The governor spent the afternoon at the Jewish Federation enacting a symbolic signing of Holocaust education legislation and briefing community leaders.
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Smadar Barashi has raised some 24 children for Orr Shalom, Israel’s largest nonprofit for abused, neglected or orphaned kids and a longtime beneficiary of the Philly Federation.
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Despite limited resources, the local Federation has kept up a steady stream of funding to programs related to Israel and other global Jewish communities. Here's how it will distribute this year's $3.2 million in unrestricted funds.
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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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