Friday, August 29, 2014 Elul 3, 5774
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Michael Grossman, the founder of a two-year-old nonprofit organization called LiteracyToday, has no formal background in education. But that hasn't stopped the 55-year-old from coming up with a plan to boost reading levels for public-school students in one of the Garden State's most troubled cities - Camden, N.J. Nor has it prevented Camden City Public Schools officials, state legislators and...
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Jan L. Apple, JE Feature
The words voiced to many Jewish parents are too familiar: "Why do I have to go to Hebrew school? It's so boring; I'm not learning anything." Through research and population studies over the last few years, such sentiments have become a wake-up call to the Jewish community. With 80 percent of Jewish youth receiving their formal religious training in supplemental...
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For the second year in a row, the Jewish Community Hebrew High School of Gratz College is adding a branch in Bucks County. Gratz offers supplementary Jewish education to students between grades eight to 12, in 13 locations spread across the Delaware Valley. Congregation Tiferes B'nai Israel in Warrington, a Reconstructionist synagogue, is the newest addition to Gratz's list of...
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Jan L. Apple, JE Feature
"If a group of highly educated Jews are assembled in a room and are asked to name two Shakespeare plays, the answer is readily supplied," said Jay Minkoff. "On the other hand, ask them who Maimonides or Rambam was, and the reply may not come so easily." This is not an uncommon scenario among adult Jews in Greater Philadelphia, said...
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For the past 23 years, the Politz Hebrew Academy, an Orthodox day school in Northeast Philadelphia, has served young boys and girls as a home away from home. But after two decades in business, it's time for a little home improvement. Thanks to private contributions, the school is getting a $1.5 million face-lift that will create 11 additional classrooms, along...
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