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First Jewish MVP in 48 years

Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers was named the National League Most Valuable Player, becoming the first Jewish MVP since Sandy Koufax of the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1963. More...

Local News

Dentist is proud to be the ‘candy man’ for U.S. troops overseas

MEET DR. ALAN RASKAS…

FAMILY:Wife Cheryl; childrenWendy and Scott; fivegrandchildrenFAVORITE BOOK:“Anything by Dan Silva”FAVORITE CANDY:Baby RuthFAVORITE FILM:“Saving Private Ryan” More...

Lions Gate salutes area veterans

Lions Gate, the continuing care retirement community affiliated with the Jewish Federation, marked Veterans Day with a salute to veterans who live at Lions Gate as well as others who served in World More...

TALK TO US…

‘Who’s news?’ will appear on this page of every issue of the Voice. Does anyone you know belong here? More...

World News

Biden, Jewish leaders meet on Jonathan Pollard

Vice President Joseph Biden met with several Jewish American leaders to discuss the case of convicted spy for Israel Jonathan Pollard.  During the meeting, Biden reportedly listened to the seven American Jewish leaders, who made a case for the s More...

‘Buy Israel Week’ runs through Dec. 4

Their effort may be coming on the heels of “Black Friday,” but organizers of a new nationwide campaign are hoping that consumers will hold on to some of their shopping dollars to show support for Israel.  Jewish newspapers, pro-Israe More...

U.S. tightens sanctions on Iranian economy

With new measures tightening sanctions on Iran, the United States moved one step further toward effectively cutting off the Islamic Republic’s economy from the West. President Obama issued the measures in the form of an executive order.  More...

Obituaries

OBITUARIES

LOLA (nee Yachimowich) FRIEDMAN, of Newton, MA, died on Nov. 12. Mother of Jacob (Janice) Friedman and Hon. Joshua (Andy) Friedman. Grandmother of six and greatgrandmother of 11. She was a Holocaust survivor.  More...

Eli Hurvitz, 79, founder of Teva, dies in Israel

JERUSALEM (JTA)—Eli Hurvitz, who built the Teva Pharmaceutical Industries after beginning his career washing lab equipment at a small drug company, died in Israel at the age of 79. He reportedly had cancer.  More...

Do It!

Calendar

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30  VOLUNTEERS FOR ISRAEL  Meeting at 7:30 p.m. in Room 114 at the Klein Branch JCC in Phila. Sally Mitlas will speak about “Creating a Film Through a Jewish Lens, and More.” Open to the public. More...

Kid Stuff

Kid Stuff

WEDNESDAY,  NOVEMBER 30  TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM  Rock ’n Rollers every week from 9:30-10:45 a.m. for children ages 12-24 months. Call 751-0994. More...

Katz JCC expands Intro. to Nursery

The Katz JCC’s Sari Isdaner Early Childhood Center will now offer Intro. to Nursery for children age two by this February on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9-11:45 a.m. The program, set to begin Jan. More...

Columns

We may not be perfect, but we do a world of good

I had intended to write this column highlighting the recent Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) General Assembly, where 3,000 leaders from over 100 Federated communities gathered to explore the challenges facing our communities locally, around More...

Chanukah books will bring light to your child’s eyes on holiday nights

LIBRARIANS’ ROUNDTABLE

Candles, latkes, gifts— Chanukah traditions bring light and joy to the dark days of winter. As you select presents for your children, we urge you to give them books. More...

JFCS looking for volunteers to help Holocaust survivors in Vineland

FAMILY TALK

About five years ago, we started getting calls from adult children with parents living in the Vineland area seeking services for their aging parents. More...

Special Sections

 

Breaking News - 12/6/2011 11:20 AM

Leon Levy honored: See tribute video

Leon Levy, a longtime Federation supporter and Cherry Hill resident, was recently honored by Cong. Mikveh Israel in Philadelphia. See the tribute video at http://variedvoices.org/2011/12/05/leon-levy-active-supporter-of-federation-   More...

Sen. Joseph Lieberman shares ‘gift of Sabbath’ at ABC Festival

“For me, the most difficult moment is turning my cell phone and BlackBerry off,” Sen. Joseph Lieberman told the audience at the kickoff event for the 22nd Annual Bank of America Festival of Arts, Books and Culture of the Katz JCC. More...

Mideast

Israelis seeking alternatives to traditional wedding ceremonies

JERUSALEM—Anna Melman and Ari Bronstein are in the midst of planning their wedding, which will be held in January in Israel. They have a venue and a rabbi. But they want to find ways of making the traditional ceremony more egalitarian.  More...

‘Extinct’ frog makes a comeback

NATURE

A frog species thought to be extinct in northern Israel reportedly has been seen for the first time in 50 years.  The Hula Painted Frog was rediscovered. More...

Beit Hatfutsot launches campaign

MUSEUM…

The Museum of the Jewish People in Tel Aviv, Beit Hatfutsot, is launching a $60-million capital campaign in New York to raise money for renovations and new exhibits and programming.  More...

Federation

Meeting Author at Special Event

Sharing a moment together at a special Lion of Judah program were (from left), Peggy David, Lion of Judah chair; guest speaker Amy Ephron; and Barbara Pick, event chair. More...

YAD Lends Helping Hand to Seniors

Members of the Jewish Federation’s Young Adult Division (YAD) helped serve Thanksgiving dinner at the Katz JCC Senior Nutrition Program. More...

Life Cycles

Engagement:

SOBEL-YELLIN

Janine and Mark Sobel of Voorhees and Ellen and Marc Yellin of New Orleans, LA, announce the engagement of their children, Megan Regina Sobel and Brian Edward Yellin.  More...

Birth:

SNYDER

Iris (nee Morrow) and Benjamin Snyder of Cherry Hill, along with big brother Noah Gabriel, announce the birth of their daughter and sister, Ellie Joy (Eliana Simcha), on Aug. More...

B’nai Mitzvah:

ADATH EMANU-EL  L.J. JAMES, son of Lyle James and Jennifer Dufault James, on Nov. 5.  RACHEL REEDY, daughter of Michael and Stacey Reedy, on Nov. 12.  AVERY EPSTEIN, son of Spencer and Michele Epstein, on Nov. 19.   More...

Going Solo

Going Solo

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10  MOSAIC OUTDOOR CLUB OF  PHILA.  More...

Editorial

Give Israel’s security a boost by purchasing Israeli products

When Israel is being attacked in the United Nations, in the media, and on college campuses, American supporters of Israel often wonder how they can make a difference when it comes to strengthening Israel’s position in the world. More...

DRY BONES… Mr. History Looks Back

Full Story

Beth El’s Cantor Alisa Pomerantz-Boro reflects on her historic trip and concerts in Lithuania

I have walked onto many stages throughout my life…never have I felt such tremendous emotion as last week in Vilna. More...

Religion Column

How fast we see time go by is often in our own hands

Parshat Vayetze Gen. 28:10-32:3  More...