Saturday, April 19, 2014 Nisan 19, 5774

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Proponents of a proposed Hebrew-language charter school in Philadelphia have been working to drum up interest by holding informational meetings and putting advertising in the Jewish Exponent and other publications. But despite some early claims that the school would be set to open in September, it appears likely that the institution won't be up and running at least until the...
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
If you spent this past Sunday gearing up for the Flyers' 6-0 rout of the Canadiens in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, then you were focused on perhaps the weekend's second most competitive athletic competition. The top slot? The honor goes to a much younger bunch -- more than 500 strong -- between the ages of 10 and 12, all of...
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For decades, the Anti-Defamation League has opposed school vouchers on the grounds that such a policy could dent the wall separating church and state by steering public dollars toward religious schools. But now, lay leaders in Philadelphia are leading the charge for the influential national organization, which has long advocated for strict church-state separation, to reverse course. The argument, according...
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Guatemala is abundant with eco-thrills -- and higher tourist taxes?
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Lauren Kramer, JE Feature
There's a place in the Caribbean where manatees move silently in the shallows of Guatemala's Rio Dulce River and children paddle dug-out canoes across the water to get to school. Verdant jungle abounds, and though there has been significant deforestation nearby, from this vantage point, it looks like the land has never been touched by human hands. To get to...
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Daphna Berman, JE Feature
Sophie Freedman is a typical sixth-grader in many ways. She loves animals, the color pink, dissecting things in science class and making jewelry. And so, when it came time to prepare a Bat Mitzvah project, beading bracelets and then giving them to children with cancer seemed like a great idea. But for Sophie, who set up shop at the oncology...
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