Friday, August 22, 2014 Av 26, 5774
When it comes to enrollment and finances, day schools face an ongoing battle
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Over the past year, six day schools across the country were forced to close their doors, battered by the economic downturn that overtook the country beginning last September. But as the new academic year gets under way, enrollment in the Philadelphia area's six Jewish day schools has remained virtually unchanged from last year, with an expected total of 1,769 students...
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He's Big on Journeys, but Now He's All Set on Settling Down Jeremy Gerber's parents thought it might be fun to move to Sweden for a few years during the 1970s. They went there on a lark, but something clearly stuck, since Gerber's father has been the cantor at the Great Synagogue of Stockholm for more than three decades now...
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Jennifer Kugler
FIRST PERSON When I was a Catholic high school student, I remember viewing a Holocaust documentary. I can still see the piles of nameless bodies, the faces haunted by vacant stares. It was an exceptionally powerful experience, and helped ignite in me a passion for social justice. And yet, what strikes me now is that the film dehumanized the victims...
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Synagogues realize they must come up with creative ways to bring in families
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Like many young couples, Brian and Rachel Saks put off synagogue membership for years, despite their attachment to Judaism. They just had too many bills, including graduate-school loans and the mortgage on their Bucks County home, to start thinking about how to finagle membership dues. But two years ago, when they enrolled their daughter Samantha in preschool at Ohev Shalom...
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Six Local Shuls Get Schechter Awards Six synagogues from around the Philadelphia area were recently recognized with Solomon Schechter Awards by the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. The recognition honors any number of endeavors, including education, outreach, fundraising efforts, and variations in worship and ritual. They are named in honor of the man who founded the USCJ nearly 100 years...
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