Sunday, March 1, 2015 AdarI 10, 5775

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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
Despite having a master's degree in education, Sara J. Bloomfield isn't your typical educator. For one thing, you won't find her in a regular classroom. Still, her particular "lecture hall" last year hosted more than a million visitors, with another 25 million stopping by online. Bloomfield, who serves as executive director of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington,...
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
There's a special pair of Holocaust survivors at Temple Brith Achim in King of Prussia. Originally from small Czech towns, the two spent the war in Prague before moving to London in the 1960s and arriving in Chester County in the early 1980s. Their story -- and that of thousands of others -- has affected countless lives around the world...
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With U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) trailing his erstwhile GOP primary opponent Pat Toomey in several recent polls and seemingly facing a difficult path to re-election in 2010, a number of longtime Jewish backers are vowing to stand by their man. They are actively raising funds for Specter, whom they hail as a stalwart supporter of Israel and one of...
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
Talk about your wake-up calls! On April 8, hundreds gathered atop the roof of the Fels Planetarium at the Franklin Institute, waiting under a pre-dawn sky to celebrate Birkat Hachammah, or the "Blessing Over the Sun," an obscure talmudic ritual that occurs only once every 28 years, when the sun is said to return to the same place as at...
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Laura Mass, JE Feature
I glanced around the room at the other students in the class, searching for body language that mirrored my own -- a hand raised in the air, or perhaps a look of confusion or even concern on their faces. It was September 2002, my first semester of a two-year master's program in historic preservation at the University of Pennsylvania. Our...
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