Thursday, April 28, 2016 Nisan 20, 5776

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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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Craig G. Langweiler, JE Feature
In May 2006, a new tax law went into effect that has the potential to affect investors of all stripes. Because the Tax Increase Prevention and Reconciliation Act of 2005 received only brief attention from the news media, you may have overlooked some of the changes. It's important to understand how this new tax law applies to your situation. The...
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Are teens too young for the procedure?
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Lindsey Bewley, JE Feature
Brittany Caesar is half the girl she used to be. Two years ago, the 16-year-old from Houston tipped the scales at 404 pounds. Today, she weighs 175 thanks to a radical weight-loss procedure that is usually performed only on adults: gastric bypass surgery, in which the stomach is stapled off, leaving a tiny pouch directly connected to the small intestine...
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Throughout her life, Shayna West had a recurring dream that her front teeth were falling out. When she moved her tongue around her mouth on Oct. 9, 2005, and felt open space in place of her front teeth, she couldn't help but again believe she was dreaming. "I'm going to wake up from this," she recalls thinking. "A couple more...
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