Friday, April 18, 2014 Nisan 18, 5774
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"Don't look at me. I know I'm handsome. Look at the page," David Rabeeya said playfully to his sixth- and seventh-grade students before switching back to Arabic. " Uskoot ," Rabeeya said a bit more forcefully. The septuagenarian somehow managed to come across as both jovial and stern as he made perhaps the most common classroom request in any language:...
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Local families are birds of a feather when it comes to matters green
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
On a quiet, tree-lined street in West Mount Airy, historic multilevel houses are the norm. Many of these massive, three- and four-story structures were built around the turn of the last century, when gas was cheap and electricity was on the rise. But one among this string of impressive structures -- with its typical long driveway and wrap-around porch --...
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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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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
Not long ago, Maddy Mallis got a call from an unusual place. The head of Federation Early Learning Services, she regularly gets phoned by parents seeking information on every possible permutation dealing with Jewish child care. But what made this recent call different was its immediacy -- the person on the other end, said Mallis, was actually in bed at...
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Rachel Levy Lesser, JE Feature
In lieu of snack time this past Monday morning, 130 or so toddlers gathered in the sanctuary of Temple Beth Hillel/Beth El in Wynnewood to attend a wedding. For most of the children, it was their first such ceremony -- and it was a distinctly special one. They had gathered to watch the synagogue's early-childhood center's assistant teacher, Janine Neff,...
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