Wednesday, April 23, 2014 Nisan 23, 5774

Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg

... from their friends: Exchange program lets teens see commonalities
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During a recent exchange program, Barrack Hebrew Academy students got the opportunity to see how similar they are to teenagers who attend school thousands of miles away from them, in the land of the tango. The two groups of teens --both wearing the unofficial "school uniform" of professional-sports jerseys or shirts with familiar brand names and, of course, jeans --...
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At his Sept. 3 Bar Mitzvah, Josh Patkin announced his intention to donate $500 to charity. The Northeast Philadelphia 13-year-old said that he would like to give to the Beit Halochem centers, which help Israel's disabled veterans and terror victims, allowing them to participate in sports activities. He said he chose this particular charity because he enjoys sports himself and...
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On the streets where Benjamin Franklin walked, James and Dolly Madison once lived, and George Washington may have slept, Colonial-era Jews also made their presence -- albeit a subtle one -- known. The cobblestone streets that William Penn designed between the Delaware and Schuykill rivers welcomed Jews as merchants, religious leaders and Revolutionary War supporters -- so much so that,...
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Because its members began moving away from the area to be closer to family, the Philadelphia-based Lena L. Orlow Chapter of Jewish Women International resolved to cease operations in 2006. However, when the members realized that cash still remained in the group's treasury, they decided that it should benefit others locally in some appropriate manner, rather than being diverted into...
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The auditorium was a virtual sea of blue and white. Students wore brand-new T-shirts, and some sported baseball caps emblazoned with the words "Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy." Signs, banners and brochures -- even cookies -- carried the new name and logo at a ceremony officially bestowing the moniker on the former Akiba Hebrew Academy. The event was held Monday...
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