Sunday, May 1, 2016 Nisan 23, 5776
A recent study commissioned by the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies found that young American Jews are feeling increasingly alienated from Israel. Responding to this trend, a new worldwide course aims to create a spiritual bond between participants and the State of Israel. The Rohr Jewish Learning Institute's "The Land and the Spirit: Why We All Care About Israel" will...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
Large urban centers like Philadelphia are often thought of as places with high volumes of pollution and virtually no green space where crops could thrive. It's hardly a terrain where you could raise chickens or grow corn, right? But Nati Passow is countering that theory and going where others may not have gone before at his home in West Philadelphia...
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The North American Association of Community Hebrew High Schools held its fourth Annual Conference this summer at Brandeis University. Thirty-nine professionals, representing 33 community Hebrew high schools from throughout the United States, explored the idea of exploring partnerships to enrich their schools. The Jewish Community High School of Gratz College was represented by Ari Goldberg, director, and Ruth Schapira, director...
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In I.B. Singer's "Yentl the Yeshiva Boy," the female protagonist chooses intellectual pursuits over a man with whom she's in love. In Portnoy's Complaint by Philip Roth, a male character recounts various episodes of sexual frustration, gratification and much experimentation. Indeed, great works of Jewish literature raise provocative -- and very real -- questions about love, sex and interpersonal relationships...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
For college students interested in Middle Eastern politics, taking classes on the subject or debating with peers can provide an entry point into shaping their own ideas on often contentious issues. However, if a student happens to hold pro-Israel or anti-Islamist views, they are frequently in the minority on school grounds and, in fact, may be shouted down by professors...
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