Thursday, April 17, 2014 Nisan 17, 5774

In that case, some employers are adding fun to the office mix
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Diana Aydin, JE Feature
Snack rooms with goodies like candy and fruit, lava lamps, video and sports games, gyms, massage therapists, shuttles, dry-cleaning, car washes and even top-notch dining that's free. It's not a hotel or a day-care center. It's just another day at Google in Mountain View, Calif., where happiness at work "is a huge priority," according to spokeswoman Sunny Gettinger. "We design...
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As voters in 24 states -- though not Pennsylvania -- prepared to go to the polls on Super Tuesday earlier this week, election fever also gripped the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy. The entire student body was affected, from seniors about to cast their first real ballots to middle-schoolers yet to celebrate their Bar or Bat Mitzvahs. On Feb. 4,...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
As the effects of global warming continue to spread throughout the world, Israeli scientists -- and one, in particular -- hope that ongoing research will keep agricultural crops growing despite the possibility of harsh conditions. "[Global warming] doesn't just mean higher temperatures," said Simon Barak, a molecular biologist at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. "It means unpredictable droughts, increasing salinization...
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Mara Sokolsky, JE Feature
I was sitting in our synagogue library cataloguing books when Joanie Hirsch poked her head in. "Do you have anything on Jewish weddings?" she asked in a stage whisper. Something in her tone caused me to think the answer she wanted was not so much "Yes" as "Why?" And sure enough, when I replied "What for?" she drew herself up...
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When Gelt Financial Corporation -- a commercial lender founded by Northeast Philadelphia native Jack Miller -- purchased a small bank in 2006, it did so in the hopes of implementing a specific business model. According to Miller, the plan involved turning the Public Savings Bank -- founded in the 1920s in Willow Groove -- into a virtual bank. The idea...
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