Tuesday, May 5, 2015 Iyyar 16, 5775
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With his laptop resting on a table in the library of the Torah Academy of Greater Philadelphia, Rabbi Meir Fachler patiently answered questions from an eighth-grade Talmud teacher. The discussion didn't pertain to disputations on halachah. Rather, they focused on just how to make the best classroom use of a computer program designed in Israel that's called "Gemara Berura." The...
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The Stiffel Senior Center in South Philadelphia officially closed its doors on July 29, marking the end of an era. The building first opened as a Jewish education center in 1928. According to officials with the Klein JCC, which oversaw the facility, many of the 450 seniors who attended the center have already begun going to three nearby facilities. Klein...
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Maia Silver read along as her teacher, miles away in a Lansdale home office, remotely highlighted each Hebrew word on her computer screen. " Ani lomedet bih beit sefer bih Cherry Hill ," the 14-year-old high school freshman said, filling in the end of the sentence with her hometown. " Yofi ," Ricky Markovitz's voice congratulated her through the computer...
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Sally Friedman, JE Feature
Is God a boy or a girl? What is a cemetery? Where do you go when you die? If you die, will you still love me? Isn't God supposed to make healthy people? Ah, the questions kids ask -- and the bewilderment their parents often face in answering them. That was the core focus of a forum last month at...
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Four years ago, nearly six times as many women as men enrolled in Avodah, the Jewish Service Corps. The disparity was even worse at Hillel's Tzedek Advocacy program, where only two of 14 interns were male. And at Hebrew Union College, women comprised more than half of the rabbis ordained at both the Los Angeles and New York campuses. Synagogues,...
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