Friday, July 11, 2014 Tammuz 13, 5774

Donors Important, Sure, but Pros Must Decide In recent weeks, the Jewish Exponent has quoted Federation officials saying that "donor wishes are paramount" and that "we must try to educate donors." The community is very dependent on the generosity of individual donors and foundations for funds to help those in our community and Israel who are in need. However, we...
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​Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi
Amid a flurry of diplomatic activity regarding direct Israeli-Palestinian talks, a contingent from The Israel Project (TIP) met last week in the West Bank with Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad and chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat. Our goal was to help protect Israel, Jews and a peaceful future for Palestinians and Israelis by reducing the culture of hate that...
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​Misha Galperin
As the controversy over the conversion issue reached a fever pitch last month, a group of Israeli soldiers shuffled past flowerbeds into classrooms at the Jewish Agency's Kiryat Moriah educational center in Jerusalem. Four hundred soldiers, many of them immigrants, come together from every army unit for 14 hours a day of learning. The lesson has nothing to do with...
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Our community was blessed this summer with the promise of youth, and most of us didn't even know it. Scattered throughout the city was a group of 33 enthusiastic high school and college students devoting their time and energy to a myriad of Jewish institutions and organizations. They were college students like Hannah Stup, whose experience working with seniors at...
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Truth About Allocations: Some Needs Unsatisfied I've been involved in the allocations process at the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia for the last three decades, so perhaps my observations can be helpful (City & Suburb: "Federation Gives Final Nod to Slate, Allocations," Aug. 5). The process is time-consuming for the agencies, volunteers, and especially, for the staff. There is no...
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