Tuesday, April 28, 2015 Iyyar 9, 5775
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Rabbi Mordechai ("Mordy") and Limor Friedman share a cozy office lined with Hebrew books inside Steinhardt Hall, home of Hillel at the University of Pennsylvania. You might think the space would be too close for comfort, but they said they're rarely in their office at the same time, and are so busy on campus that a good chunk of the...
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Ryan Teitman
The preschoolers in Robin Singer's Torah class on Fridays know that when they step into her classroom, they enter another world. Some days, it's the Garden of Eden, complete with construction-paper trees and green-streamer vines criss-crossing the room. Other days it's Noah's ark, and waves of bright-blue plastic "water" circle the room. But no matter the day, students seem to...
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Ryan Teitman
Does happiness come all wrapped up in an acceptance letter from that exclusive private university? Or does it come with a 4.0 grade-point average or perfect SAT scores? For some students, the attempt to achieve such lofty goals is what drives them -- and may eventually rule their lives. Consequently, young people are developing stress levels of the likes of...
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Ryan Teitman
Every Thursday, the students at Congregation Adath Jeshurun's preschool in Elkins Park file out of their classroom and make the trek down the hall to visit Nadine Miller. In just 20 minutes, she continues teaching the class a new language -- quite a feat for a group of children under 5 who are still mastering the intricacies of their native...
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At Akiba Hebrew Academy, science department head Rhonda August instituted a new lab project as part of the school's chemistry classes to take advantage of the recent Chanukah holiday -- mixing different substances with flames to study their properties. "How can you relate Chanukah to the sciences?" posed August, who is in her 31st year at Akiba. "Work with chemistry...
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