Friday, January 30, 2015 Shevat 10, 5775
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It sounds like Spanish at first, but listen harder. The six students in Daisy Braverman's class are speaking a mostly dormant language -- Ladino. Invented by Jews in Spain, the idiom -- also known as Judeo-Spanish -- infused Hebrew elements into Castilian Spanish. Like Yiddish, Ladino provided Jews a vocabulary for daily usage outside of Hebrew, which was reserved for...
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Even before the $12 million, 35,000-square-foot Steinhardt Hall had officially opened more than three years ago on the University of Pennsylvania campus -- replacing a cramped, outdated brick structure -- Rabbi Howard Alpert, executive director of Hillel of Greater Philadelphia, declared that the next big building project would happen on the other side of the Schuylkill, at North Philadelphia's Temple...
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In addition to teaching core subjects, Jewish day schools are often heralded for ingraining students with a strong sense of Jewish values and ethics. They are far less often touted for pushing the envelope on race relations. But since its founding in 2001, the Robert Saligman Middle School -- the junior high affiliate of the Raymond and Ruth Perelman Jewish...
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Dr. Lewis Gordon has only been teaching at Temple University since 2004, but he's already made a name for himself on campus. That's because Gordon, 44, a professor of religion, philosophy and Judaic studies, is building up scholarship in an area few have explored: Afro-Jewish studies. A black Jew himself, Gordon is working to create a clearinghouse for research on...
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After being overseas for four months -- and getting just five hours sleep during the span of about two days of travel -- 17-year-old Rena Asher longed for the comforts of home. She had it all figured out: "Saying 'hi' to my dog and cat -- and my bed," said Asher, after she'd returned from a semester-long stay in Israel...
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