Wednesday, September 2, 2015 Elul 18, 5775
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Jan L. Apple, JF Feature
The following is the first in a series of articles about the Nurturing Excellence in Synagogue Schools program. An estimated 80 percent of Jewish children receive their formal religious training through a synagogue supplemental school. For many of these youngsters, research has revealed what their parents have known for years -- that the experience inside the classroom has been less...
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The decision of the University of Pennsylvania's political-science department and Middle East Center to sponsor a talk by a controversial critic of Israel prompted a backlash from pro-Israel students, as well as a heated campus debate over just who should receive university support to present their views. At the center of the brouhaha is Norman G. Finkelstein, associate professor of...
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JE Staff
Since its founding in 1946, the oldest pluralistic Jewish day school in North America has been known as the Akiba Hebrew Academy. But it will soon go by a new name, the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy -- a change that school and Jewish-community officials insist will help ensure its future as a top-notch institution. The name change comes as...
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Officials at Gratz College hoped that screening a film about a teen girl's struggle to reconcile her homosexuality with Judaism, while also challenging her high school to become a more welcoming place, might prompt some discussion and send a message that the Melrose Park campus is an open environment for Jews of diverse backgrounds. Five years ago, Shulamit Izen --...
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Ryan Teitman
The students stood in two concentric circles -- one facing out, one facing in. Each person in each pair had only 30 seconds to speak. Their partners had to remain in complete silence. The prompts started out simply enough: Talk about spring-break plans, your most embarrassing memories. The responses to these topics drew on the normal bustle of teen lives...
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