Sunday, July 24, 2016 Tammuz 18, 5776
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As the jobless rate grows day by day and the recession appears to deepen, many Jewish day schools across the country face several bitter realities -- like smaller class sizes and leaner budgets. But the near simultaneous announcements last month that the Raymond and Ruth Perelman Jewish Day School and the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy have established major tuition-incentive...
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
It's beginning to turn into somewhat of a minhag, a tradition -- the Thursday-afternoon rally for Israel in frigid temperatures. This time, the event, on Jan. 15, took place on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania, and while the turnout was only a fraction of the size of the previous week's Love Park event, the high level of sentiment...
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Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg, JE Feature
Growing up the seventh of eight children to a single mom in inner-city Philadelphia, Salome Thomas-EL noted that he could have easily become "one of the ones on the corner, doing the same thing every day." But in the early 1980s, Marsha Pincus, an English teacher at Simon Gratz High School, reached out to him and instilled in the skinny...
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
Sixty years ago, under the leadership of Zionist visionary and first Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion, Israel was going to be "the great Jewish melting pot," said scholar Fred Lazin. Today, however, the country is more of a mosaic, as differing ethnic groups fight to make their respective voices heard in the general cacophony that is the Jewish state. This was...
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Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg, JE Feature
Growing up as the daughter of a German mother and a Polish father, Regina Weyer of Phoenixville said that she's probably more familiar with the Holocaust than many other Catholics. A first-generation American, she said that she thinks her upbringing has influenced her teaching on the subject to sixth-graders at St. Basil the Great School, a parochial school in Kimberton...
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