Monday, September 1, 2014 Elul 6, 5774
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
One day, the teachers and staff at Temple Sholom in Broomall noticed that their preschool students were fascinated by the spiders they saw outside during recess. This simple fascination gave the educators an idea. "Our approach is child-centered," explained Andi Lieberman, director of the synagogue's preschool. "We look and observe the interests of the children, and we try to build...
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Thanks to a recent grant, the Camden County Library System will introduce a new program to its schedule - one that will explore Jewish literature and culture. The $1,500 grant, awarded by the American Library Association and NextBook - a project devoted to the promotion of Jewish literature, culture and ideas - will go toward a series of five professionally...
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To the uninitiated, a page of Talmud may appear as little more than a sea of letters - perhaps recognizable as Hebrew characters, a few forming intelligible words, but on the whole a distant text, devoid of any real meaning. That's exactly how the Talmud appeared to Downingtown resident Robert Fischer three years ago. "My language skills are non-existent," states...
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With one in four American Jews now over the age of 60, rabbis can expect to deal with issues related to aging like never before - and for many years to come. Senior citizens are living increasingly longer, leaving more time to examine their spirituality and contemplate their mortality. "We have this gift of decades more of life. We also...
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There's one simple reason why Marcia Rosenthal doesn't teach in public schools: She wants to focus on Jewish children. "I love being Jewish! It defines and guides me in every part of my life," proclaimed Rosenthal, who is Orthodox. "I want [my students] to walk away with a feeling of joy about their being Jewish and a desire to learn...
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