Wednesday, April 16, 2014 Nisan 16, 5774
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For Philadelphia's organized Jewish community, this might well be a tale of two state budgets. The first represents the best of times: Pennsylvania's $27.66 billion budget, signed by Gov. Tom Corbett minutes before the deadline on June 30, includes a huge boost to an educational funding initiative championed by some Jewish groups. But in terms of funding for critical services,...
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The Narberth-based Kohelet Foundation is teaming up with the national AVI CHAI Foundation to provide up to $3 million in matching funds in an effort to expand the base of donors supporting Jewish day schools throughout North America. This is the first time the local foundation has helped seed the MATCH program, which the Jewish Funders Network and Partnership for...
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Twelve-year-old Jacob Resnick sat in a stately armchair in the lobby of the Sheraton Society Hill, contemplating the animation he just created on his laptop. This wouldn't seem unusual, if not for the fact that pretty much every kid meandering through the hotel seemed more absorbed in electronic devices than swimming pools or sightseeing. In fact, 275 kids, teens and...
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Sheldon Pavel puffed on his pipe as he sat in his air-conditioned office, wearing shorts, sneakers and a burgundy Central High School T-shirt. With students gone for the summer and just six weeks to go until his official retirement after 28 years at the helm of one of the nation's oldest and most venerated public high schools, Pavel could be...
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As spring weather brightened the hallways at Kohelet Yeshiva High School in Merion Station this semester, students raced newly created robots, tinkered on a grand piano and practiced for spoken word competitions. Last month, several dozen adults gathered in the school's beit midrash for a free evening seminar on medical ethics presented by a world-renowned Orthodox rabbi. Meanwhile, a 14-year-old...
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