Saturday, April 19, 2014 Nisan 19, 5774

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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
When Jena Verlin started looking at colleges last year, she was looking for a small school not too far from home with an active Jewish community. As one who regularly attends services at Congregation Adath Israel in Merion Station, the 17-year-old said that when it came to college, she didn't want to be "That Weird Girl Who Goes to Services...
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Lauren Kramer, JE Feature
Mention the name "Dean" in the Mexican port of Costa Maya, and everyone will know just what you're talking about. The Category 5 hurricane that carries his name struck two years ago, leaving an indelible imprint from which both the port and the nearby town of Mahahual are still recovering. The contorted, gray limbs of dead mangrove trees stretch across...
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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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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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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
Drexel University has long made a point of sending its students for study abroad, as well as urging them to participate in co-op programs, but several new initiatives between Drexel and Israeli universities are also putting the focus on faculty exchanges and collaboration. During a 10-day trip in November, Drexel provost Mark Greenberg and interim president C.R. "Chuck" Pennoni led...
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