Saturday, February 13, 2016 AdarI 4, 5776
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When Steven M. Brown stepped down almost a year ago as head of school at the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy, faculty member Sharon Levin was tapped to fill that role on an interim basis while the board conducted a search for a new leader. But on April 3, the board unanimously appointed Levin as the pluralistic day school's official...
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A local theater group's production of the Holocaust-themed play I Never Saw Another Butterfly is having unintended consequences for some of the children in its cast. Written by Celeste Raspanti, Butterfly is based on the book compiled by Raja Engländerová, who survived Terezín, the Czechoslovakian concentration camp also known by its German name, Theresienstadt. More than 15,000 children passed through...
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Looking for art therapy for a child with special needs, or maybe a job for an adult with high-functioning autism? Find suggestions for those resources and more on specialneedsphilly.org , a new, searchable website and accompanying helpline (800-859-7674) that Jewish Family and Children's Service unveiled this week. With input from members of the city's special needs consortium and a $300,000...
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With Tourette Syndrome, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and a room filled with rowdy classmates working against him, 13-year-old Adam Fishbein said it simply became too difficult to control himself during religious school by the fourth grade. But, Fishbein said, he also wanted to become a Bar Mitzvah, and he actually liked spending time at synagogue. So instead of dropping out,...
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For the sixth straight year, Rabbi Dan Ehrenkrantz, president of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote, was included on the Newsweek/Daily Beast list of America's top 50 rabbis. This year, Ehrenkrantz came in at No. 15; last year, he was 16. The editors stated that Ehrenkrantz "carries the torch for self-critical, nuanced Judaism." He's also credited with leading the institution...
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