Wednesday, May 27, 2015 Sivan 9, 5775
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Fans whirred and radios blared as workers hauled interior doors and painted win­dow trim in a former Bala Cynwyd church-turned-synagogue that will re-open after Labor Day as an Orthodox day school for girls. Cheryl Epstein, assistant principal of the newly named I.S. Kos­loff Torah Academy High School for Girls, surveyed the construction zone before her. At first, Epstein said, she...
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Will pairing Hebrew and Mandarin Chinese language classes at a new Phila­delphia charter school make a perfect yin and yang -- or prove to be something of an educational odd couple? Chinese and Hebrew may seem like an unusual combination but organizers of the new venture point out that both are ancient languages that originated on the Asian continent. The...
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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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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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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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