Thursday, July 10, 2014 Tammuz 12, 5774
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Melissa Jacobs, Jewish Exponent Feature
Michael Berenbaum, the renowned Holocaust scholar and consultant, has been hired to guide the development of a Holocaust education center in Philadelphia. The center's exact content -- or even what it will be called -- has yet to be determined. "The bricks we must first lay," Berenbaum said in a phone interview from his home in Los Angeles, "are decisions...
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Jared Jackson discovered what it felt like to be an outcast caught between two worlds at the age of 7. At the Sunday School he briefly attended near Willingboro, N.J., "people would come up and shout out the 'N word' to me and my sisters, saying, 'Leave here, we don't want you here, you're not really Jewish,' " remembered Jackson,...
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Rachel Cohen keeps her University of Pennsylvania dorm room well-stocked -- with doggie treats. The 20-year-old junior doesn't have any pets on campus; that would violate the rules she upholds as a resident assistant. Rather, Cohen buys the canine confections for weekly visits to two local animal shelters, where she coordinates a group of homeless young adults to volunteer through...
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The new National Museum of American Jewish History will soon have a new director. Ivy L. Barsky, deputy director of the Museum of Jewish Heritage -- A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in New York, will become director and chief operating officer on July 1. Her responsibilities will include "oversight of museum operations, including collections, exhibits, education, programs and visitor...
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After nearly two years of merger talks, the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote and the Jenkintown-based Jewish Reconstructionist Federation have officially agreed to combine and form one organization. The final step in the process came at a Philadelphia meeting on Sunday. Delegates from the 105 congregations affiliated with the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation voted overwhelmingly in favor of the move. The...
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