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SaraKay Smullens

An Extremely Wonderful Job, and How It Impacts My Work Now As a Therapist

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By SaraKay Smullens My favorite place of employment, by far, was Jewish Family Service of Philadelphia. Please bear with me for a moment of this...
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What I Learned from Israel’s Women Leaders

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By Kristine Gross Unlike most people active in the pro-Israel community, until recently I had never been to the Jewish state. I converted to Judaism more...
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Kobe Bryant’s JCC Connection: A Personal Recollection

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By David Bellet 9 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 24. MSNBC morning news break- in: “We have a report of a helicopter crash in the hills northeast...

Israel Visit Proves Enriching

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By Jennie Kerson Pritzker and Toba Kerson Our family has returned from a magical week on Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia’s 2019 Intergenerational Hanukkah Mission...
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Thankful

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By Ilana M. Fish Ever since meeting my husband, Adam, the holiday of Thanksgiving has taken on a different meaning for me. There's the obvious mushy...
Rabbi Robert Leib with Francesca Perotti and Giuseppe Cavali

Unexpectedly Stumbling Upon a Unique Jewish Destination in Italy

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By Rabbi Robert S. Leib Sometimes, life’s unexpected surprises are to be found at arm’s length or, quite literally, around the corner! But I digress...
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Summer 1971: Sun, Fun, Love and the Allman Brothers

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By Alan Fineberg In the summer of 1971, I was a not-so-innocent 17-year-old Central High graduate. So naturally, the rite of passage was to spend...

Bat Mitzvah Project Impetus for Fundraising Event

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By Sherry Wolkoff An idea that started as a Bat Mitzvah project evolved into a successful fundraising event Involving 10 talented teen solo performers and teen bands from...

A Family Discovery in Vienna

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By Bruce Shanzer We found the cemetery rather easily. No surprise there. It goes by the name Wiener Zentralfriedhof and it is one of the largest...

I Played Baseball with the Philadelphia Phillies

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By Ronni Finkel Robinson I played for the Philadelphia Phillies for four days. I had a home uniform, away uniform, took batting practice in the tunnels...