Monday, March 2, 2015 AdarI 11, 5775

Amid declining enrollment, Gratz College plans to discontinue its two-year Florence Melton Adult Mini-School program at the end of this year, college officials announced last week. Since Melton started 12 years ago, 566 students have completed the curriculum. But the number of first-year students who committed to the program has declined dramatically from an average of 53 to 15 this...
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For the past eight years, Pennsylvania has had a Jewish governor and a Jewish senator -- a scenario that never happened before and may never come again. With U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, 80, having delivered his final floor speech and Gov. Ed Rendell, 66, marking the end of his two terms with a Jan. 2 party featuring the Beach Boys,...
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They've dreamed of bringing Jews together over campus greening projects, providing community health services and hosting introspective Shabbat retreats at a summer shore house. Now, they get to do more than just imagine. Over the next five months, the 11 innovators selected for the inaugural class of the Tribe 12 "Social Entrepreneur Fellowship" will learn how to turn their ideas...
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Carin Smilk
The cars slowly turn onto the long driveway, their wheels occasionally crunching the adjacent ground frozen from the night before and speckled with the merest dusting of snow. Rabbi Yossi Kaplan and Mohammad Aziz walk side by side in the direction of the oncoming line of traffic. Several young, professional-looking Muslim men pass them in the opposite direction, pausing to...
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Following years of steadily declining membership, Suburban Jewish Community Center B'nai Aaron, a longstanding Conservative synagogue in Havertown, is entering into merger talks with Adath Israel in Merion Station. The decision to enter negotiations came at a Dec. 19 congregational meeting, more than a year after synagogue leaders said it no longer made fiscal sense to hold on to its...
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