Thursday, August 21, 2014 Av 25, 5774

Rachel Silverman

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When Marthe Cohn acknowledged to a sold-out audience Sunday morning that she made an "unlikely spy," she wasn't kidding. At 4 feet, 7 inches, the 86-year-old Jewish grandmother hardly looks like the James Bond-type. But during World War II, Cohn, then in her 20s, worked as an undercover agent with French intelligence. Speaking in a heavy French accent, Cohn relayed...
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The Jewish Publication Society is tiny in comparison to publishing powerhouses like Random House and Yale University Press. Indeed, it released just eight new titles last year. That makes the fact that JPS beat out nearly every other publisher in the 2006 National Jewish Book Awards all the more remarkable. The honors, which were doled out earlier this month, named...
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Ross Levy plopped down at a table across from two curly-haired teenagers, and started shooting the breeze. "Hey, man, what's up?" he asked brightly, slapping their hands and flashing a wide-toothed grin. "What kinds of stuff are you into? What does a typical afternoon for you look like?" One braces-clad eighth-grader responded that he liked the drums; another said he...
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Dr. Lewis Gordon has only been teaching at Temple University since 2004, but he's already made a name for himself on campus. That's because Gordon, 44, a professor of religion, philosophy and Judaic studies, is building up scholarship in an area few have explored: Afro-Jewish studies. A black Jew himself, Gordon is working to create a clearinghouse for research on...
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In addition to teaching core subjects, Jewish day schools are often heralded for ingraining students with a strong sense of Jewish values and ethics. They are far less often touted for pushing the envelope on race relations. But since its founding in 2001, the Robert Saligman Middle School -- the junior high affiliate of the Raymond and Ruth Perelman Jewish...
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