Sunday, August 30, 2015 Elul 15, 5775
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
While many of his peers were heading to traditional spring-break venues in Florida, 20-year-old Jacob Arem wasn't having any of that. Sure, he was looking for some sand and sun, but he was focusing on something a bit more off the beaten path. Hello, Syria. The Akiba Hebrew Academy graduate and Cornell University senior said that despite some initial fears...
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What do a Chabad rabbi from Delaware, the director of congregational learning at a Conservative shul in Baltimore and the education director of a Reform synagogue in Abington have in common? They're all full-time Jewish communal professionals working toward doctorates in Jewish education at Gratz College in Melrose Park. The program, now entering its fourth year, has 15 students, who...
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The Lokoff Early Learning Center, a Federation Early Learning Services facility, has opened its doors in a brand-new setting -- 7002 Butler Pike in Ambler. Parents are invited to meet center director Amy Wertkin and visit classrooms during one of two open houses: Sunday, Aug. 15, 10 a.m. to noon; and Wednesday, Aug. 18, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Parking...
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Dressed in a hijab, Sarah Shiha, a 22-year-old Egyptian who hopes to one day preach the Koran on the airwaves, declares a desire to study Torah. But before her recent visit to Philadelphia, she'd never even met a Jew. Now, after participating in a five-week seminar on democracy and religious pluralism for students from the Arab world that included several...
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On Aug. 30, a full-day Jewish child-care program in Center City will become a reality as the Buerger Early Learning Center officially opens its doors. The center, to be located at Congregation Rodeph Shalom, 619 N. Broad St., represents a partnership between the synagogue and Federation Early Learning Services. Maddy Malis, FELS president and CEO, says that community response to...
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