Tuesday, September 16, 2014 Elul 21, 5774
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Since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Muslim extremism has moved to the forefront of American consciousness and U.S. foreign policy, forcing educators to step up the pace, and address the differences between Islam and Islamicism in the classroom. Scholar David Forte, who spoke to a group of teachers earlier this month at the American College in Bryn Mawr, diagnosed the...
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As a young girl, Marilyn Rosenthal Baltz really had no ties to Judaism. Her parents - Russian immigrants - owned a candy store in Kensington, where they worked seven days a week, and didn't belong to a synagogue. When she was in third grade, in the 1940s, someone told her about the Hebrew Sunday School Society - which sponsored sessions...
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The new director of Temple University's Myer and Rosaline Feinstein Center for American Jewish History hopes to use the organization's resources to raise the level of scholarship and discourse on the subject. It's an initiative Michael Alexander - who was appointed earlier this year, several months after the death of Murray Friedman, the center's first director - predicts will get...
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After almost 16 years as head of Akiba Hebrew Academy, Rabbi Philip Field will be leaving the position and moving to Israel, according to a recent announcement released by the board of the Merion Station school. Said Field, of Bala Cynwyd: "There were rumors for awhile because my kids were making aliyah, and my love for Israel and the school's...
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As a guidance counselor for the School District of Philadelphia, Linda Dubin Garfield always taught her students to follow their dreams. But it wasn't until she retired in 2002 that she actually practiced what she preached when it came to her life. From the age of 8, Garfield was interested in art, but "never felt good enough at it." So...
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