Thursday, July 24, 2014 Tammuz 26, 5774
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Even before the $12 million, 35,000-square-foot Steinhardt Hall had officially opened more than three years ago on the University of Pennsylvania campus -- replacing a cramped, outdated brick structure -- Rabbi Howard Alpert, executive director of Hillel of Greater Philadelphia, declared that the next big building project would happen on the other side of the Schuylkill, at North Philadelphia's Temple...
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It sounds like Spanish at first, but listen harder. The six students in Daisy Braverman's class are speaking a mostly dormant language -- Ladino. Invented by Jews in Spain, the idiom -- also known as Judeo-Spanish -- infused Hebrew elements into Castilian Spanish. Like Yiddish, Ladino provided Jews a vocabulary for daily usage outside of Hebrew, which was reserved for...
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Many acrobats can stand on their head, do a split or stretch their legs far behind their heads, but it's a safe bet that most don't try to teach Jewish topics in the process. Yet Lisa Appel is not your average acrobat. At a typical show, the 32-year-old uses circus arts like tumbling, contortion, dancing and juggling to entertain her...
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The Jewish Publication Society is tiny in comparison to publishing powerhouses like Random House and Yale University Press. Indeed, it released just eight new titles last year. That makes the fact that JPS beat out nearly every other publisher in the 2006 National Jewish Book Awards all the more remarkable. The honors, which were doled out earlier this month, named...
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Ryan Teitman
For Elin Danien, helping women attend college and earn a degree has been a personal crusade. That's because she understands the challenges of going to school while balancing a job and a family. After navigating careers in theater, advertising and museum work, she decided at age 46 to attend the University of Pennsylvania and finally get her B.A. With her...
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