Sunday, February 1, 2015 Shevat 12, 5775
Education has always been a central part of Jewish life and iuts was different in Philadelphia throughout the last century.
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Kathryn Levy Feldman
Deborah Nagler Imagine you are an 11-year old Hebrew School student. You walk into your classroom, turn on your computer and see your avatar. While the teacher explains the day’s assignment, the avatar listens intently and then, when you tell him to, resumes your joint journey through virtual Israel or, as it was known in 1912, Palestine. Having recently landed...
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Kathryn Levy Feldman
David Magerman The Book of Ecclesiastes teaches that there is “a time to reap and a time to sow.” For Gladwyne resident David Magerman, that lesson seemed especially relevant in 2004, when he began to question the meaning of his life. On the surface, it seemed like the 43-year-old had it all: a loving wife and two (of his now...
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Kathryn Levy Feldman
Helene Z. Tigay Helene Tigay laughs when she says she has had an “internal Jewish compass since birth.” As the head of the community’s central educational agency for 20 years, her compass charted her on a course to become a pioneer in the field of supplemental Jewish education. Raised in a Conservative family in Buffalo, N.Y., Tigay says the significant...
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Kathryn Levy Feldman
F rom generation to generation, Jews have always instructed their children about their religion and history. The three primary institutions where formal American Jewish education takes place — synagogue schools, Jewish day schools and colleges — all have their roots in Philadelphia. While not all of the original institutions are in existence today, their collective and individual histories reflect the...
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