Wednesday, April 1, 2015 Nisan 12, 5775
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In an educational system where standardized testing and the "No Child Left Behind" mantra have dictated the direction of classroom curricula, finding the time and having the dedication to teach students lessons that go beyond the core skills of reading, writing and math have become challenges for a large number of educators. Still, finding new ways to teach about genocide...
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As Jews around the world prepared for the latest New Year, members of Congregation Or Ami also welcomed the start of something else: a new educational center. The day before Rosh Hashanah, the synagogue obtained a certificate of occupancy for its new $2.5 million building, which includes 14 classrooms, a library, gift shop, expanded office space and a new youth...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
Because the three major religions have strong teachings of peace and understanding, Jews, Christians and Muslims should be able to live together in peace, a panel of interfaith experts argued recently. "There are central concepts in all the three Abrahamic religions that can really help us bring peace and understanding and reconciliation in our society," said Rabbi Ronen Lubitch, an...
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Six-part adult-ed course taught here, and throughout the world
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Rabbi Efraim Mintz divides the decades following the Holocaust into different stages based on Jewish reaction to its horrors: the shock and silence of the first two decades after World War II, followed by years marked by the urgency to tell, document and, most importantly, never forget. The most recent period, said the director of the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute,...
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Swarthmore College religion professor Nathaniel Deutsch has admittedly chosen some unusual and disparate subjects for his research into the history of religion. From the beliefs of the ancient gnostics to a "holy woman" who served as a Chasidic teacher in 19th-century Eastern Europe - as well as an analysis of Nation of Islam founder Elijah Muhammad's use of "midrashic" techniques...
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