Op-Ed

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Opinion | 5 Tips for Handling Parent-Teacher Conferences

By Lisa Woodward Parent-teacher conferences are coming up soon. Even though the month of October is filled with holidays, and the kids have only been...
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Opinion | The Philadelphia Police Department Is Here for Us

By Jacques Lurie In many ways, Yom Kippur is a synagogue executive director’s nightmare. The entire synagogue community will make their way into the shul...
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Opinion | Reflections on Firing Gabe Kapler, a Jewish Baseball Manager

By Saul Golubcow Just about two years ago, I wrote that in the Philadelphia Phillies’ hiring of Gabe Kapler, I had “experienced a Jewish American...
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Opinion | Yiddish: The Secret Handshake

By Stacia Friedman I grew up in Wynnewood, but it might as well have been Minsk. Every day, after my father left for work in...
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Opinion | Why Melrose B’nai Israel Emanu-El Works

By Rabbi Charles Sherman Over the last few years, Melrose B’nai Israel Emanu-El in Elkins Park has experienced significant growth. I know there are lots...
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Opinion | A Single Moment of Compassion Changed Lives

By Jonathan Hertzel In 2015, sculptor Jonathan Hertzel, a Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts graduate whose work is in PAFA’s permanent collection, moved with...
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Opinion | How Harry Potter Can Revolutionize Engagement in Jewish Learning

By Rabbi Isabel de Koninck For many students I meet on campus today, Torah feels distant from their lived experience. Its structure resembles nothing of...
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Opinion | As a Jew With Autism, the Mikvah Is My Glimmer of Hope

By Michele Amira. This story originally appeared on Alma. I first realized I was different in middle school. I loved my curly hair, but never...
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Opinion | A Call for Ecological Teshuvah

By Mikhal Weiner On Aug. 28, Greta Thunberg, the teen Swedish climate activist, climbed off her zero-emissions boat with a glint in her eye. She...
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Opinion | Domestic Violence Awareness Month: You Are Not Alone

By Robin Axelrod Sabag and Shana P. Weiner As Sarah* sits in her office, she tries to appreciate the sense of calm and complacency she’s...