Sunday, September 25, 2016 Elul 22, 5776

Teen lit goes to the older, darker side; is it bad for kids' health?
By:
Tula Batanchiev, JE Feature
The cutesy and optimistic Babysitters Club book series may have titillated teens of yesteryear, but today's young adults are going in for much darker fare. Dark, depressed teen fiction is on the rise. There are fictionalized narratives about eating disorders, and fantasy novels about teen prisoners. Publishers are taking more risks; literature is reflecting recent world events; and such frank...
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Rachel Vigoda, JE Feature
Rather than follow the old-fashioned model of opening the doors and waiting for the Jews to show up, newer Jewish groups are aiming to engage Jews where they are. And where the Jews are, if they're in their 20s or 30s, is online. Local organizations targeting Jews in the post-college, pre-marriage range -- such as the Collaborative, the Philadelphia branch...
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Just a few months ago, InterFaithways seemed like the next big thing. The one outlet in the region devoted exclusively to helping interfaith families feel more welcome in the community had secured prior funding from the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia. With the release of the 2009 "Jewish Population Study of Greater Philadelphia" -- and its startling statistics on intermarriage...
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Where better to stop off for a little nosh than Delhi?
By:
Elyse Glickman, JE Feature
Quite often, when you tell some people you are flying to India, they may assume you're headed to a yoga retreat, you work in high-tech or you're taking an enlightened voluntourism path. However, my path involved a different kind of enlightenment -- exploring the culture of a country that has fascinated me since childhood. By the time I was 10,...
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But a Russian schvitz at the 'banya' may have its benefits
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Tania Barnes, JE Feature
A stocky man appears from the shadows, wearing a fat gold chain and speaking in a thick accent. For $25, he offers to beat me. This isn't a fight club: It's Royal Palace baths, a Russian "bath house," or banya , on the edge of Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, where Russians and intrepid foreigners pay $40 to roast inside wooden rooms...
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