Friday, November 28, 2014 Kislev 6, 5775
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Melissa Jacobs, JE Feature
Rwanda, 1994 and 1995. Hutu, Tutsi. One million dead, 2.8 million orphans. These facts seem long ago and far away for the students at the Saligman Middle School of Raymond and Ruth Perelman Jewish Day School in Melrose Park. However, when Anne Heyman asked, "How many of you know what tikkun olam is?" everyone raised a hand. Good thing, for...
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When the U.S. Supreme Court begins its new term next week, all eyes will be on Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who is starting her tenure on the bench. But right off the bat, there will be far more to watch than the court's newest member. One early case involves what many see as the court's most crucial examination of church-state...
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As the financial system teetered on the brink of collapse last fall, Rabbi Jarah Greenfield -- then in her final year of study at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote -- considered the very real possibility that she wouldn't land a job for the following year. Said the 32-year-old: "There was certainly a higher level of anxiety at the outset...
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Just as it has excelled in the biomedical and information-technology fields, Israel has become an acknowledged world leader in producing breakthroughs in an emerging concentration known as "cleantech" -- producing more environmentally friendly ways to do many of the things associated with modern life. The cleantech sector encompasses wind power, solar thermal energy, water-recycling and purification, and the conversion of...
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The long-awaited agreement over the Pennsylvania state budget -- coupled with the news that Philadelphia has also averted fiscal disaster -- has Jewish agencies breathing a little easier. But the final funding figures are far from clear, with details yet to be worked out. It remains uncertain just how much Jewish groups may feel the pinch. "We still haven't seen...
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