Friday, May 22, 2015 Sivan 4, 5775

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Melissa Jacobs, JE Feature
Plans are under way to create a Center for Human Rights Education adjacent to the existing Holocaust memorial at 16th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The City of Philadelphia will be leasing the 10,000 square feet adjoining the Monument to the Six Million Jewish Martyrs to the Philadelphia Holocaust Remembrance Foundation, which hopes to make the center a reality. Funding...
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
Fourth-grader Madelyn Simon added a bit of splash to her school wardrobe last week: a baseball cap with a sequined flower on it. Normally, that's not allowed at the Raymond and Ruth Perelman Jewish Day School's Stern Center, but last Friday was an exception. As part of the school's "Hats for Haiti" relief drive, students who brought in a donation...
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J Street is coming to Philadelphia, but so far, it hasn't inspired much brotherly love. Instead, it's been treated more like the black sheep of the family. A flap over Hillel of Greater Philadelphia's decision to lease its space to J Street -- for the official launch of its Philadelphia branch -- is just one local manifestation of a debate...
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
Dressed in scruffy clothes and wearing gloves spotted with red and blue paint, Lauren Shapiro was wielding a brush as a way to deepen her connection to the Jewish community. The St. Joseph's University alum, who grew up in a small Jewish community in Colorado, recalled that while attending college, she often felt like the only Jew on campus. Going...
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What does the face of the area's Jewish community look like in the first part of the 21st century? For one, it's more wrinkled than it's ever been, with far fewer children in its midst than it had even a decade ago. At the same time, the intermarriage rate has reached 45 percent for Jews under 40, with only 29...
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