Tuesday, January 27, 2015 Shevat 7, 5775
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Toward the end of her life, 15-year-old Rina Goldberg declared her bedroom to be a no-crying zone. She tried her best to enforce that policy, too, said her father, Ari, director of the Jewish Community High School at Gratz College. "If you're going to cry, leave the room," the Cheltenham teenager once told her grandma. Even as a debilitating disease...
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For the leaders of Temple Brith Achim, a 275-family Reform congregation in King of Prussia, scrapping membership dues two years ago in favor of a pay-what-you-wish approach was a bit like stepping off a cliff. But after overhauling how members fund the entire synagogue operation -- in part, by trading the word "dues" for the more altruistic-sounding term "gift" --...
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Families have a new incentive to consider Jewish day school with a sweeping grant initiative that will provide tuition assistance for any of nine private schools in the region. Each elementary, middle and high school program in the newly created Jewish Day School Collaborative of Greater Philadelphia will award five grants that cover as much as a third of annual...
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State Rep. Brendan Boyle, a Democratic lawmaker from Northeast Philadelphia, is set to introduce legislation requiring Pennsylvania's public and private schools to include Holocaust and genocide studies in the curriculum. "Learning from our past is the only way to ensure that this terrible part of history never repeats itself. The lessons learned from the atrocities committed during the Holocaust should...
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Jewish groups are bracing for the impact that Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett's proposed $27.1 billion budget could have on poor and elderly constituents. The budget includes hundreds of millions of dollars in potential cuts and no tax increases. Corbett has stressed the need to instill greater fiscal responsibility and to cut down on fraud and waste in state government. In...
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