Tuesday, December 6, 2016 Kislev 6, 5777
Nine college juniors who grew up as the closest of friends in the suburbs along Philadelphia's Main Line struck upon an idea: Come to Israel, for a semester, together. And so, here they are, living as roommates in the dorms of Tel Aviv University, taking classes on Israeli politics, cooking Shabbat meals together, whitewater rafting down the Jordan River, hiking...
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Plans to open a publicly funded, Hebrew-language charter school in Center City this fall are moving full steam ahead, despite some substantial stumbling blocks. The school, which organizers are hoping to open in September, would be the region's first charter school aimed primarily at Jewish children. Proponents say that the curriculum will focus on the Hebrew language, as well as...
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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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A contingent of Merion-area residents opposed to a plan by St. Joseph's University to turn the grounds of a former private school into collegiate-level athletic fields is worried that the changes could disrupt the Shabbat experience for Orthodox families in the area. The protracted zoning battle over the project shows no signs of being over any time soon. St. Joe's...
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