Saturday, December 27, 2014 Tevet 5, 5775
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
After fire ravaged a preschool classroom at Germantown Jewish Centre and left significant smoke damage in nearby rooms, law-enforcement officials have officially ruled the incident an arson. Nobody was hurt by the fire that broke out at the Mount Airy synagogue around 7:30 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 18., shortly before preschool started. Investigators have determined the cause of the fire...
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In the past few decades, a movement known as environmental justice has cropped up alongside the larger environmentalist coalition. Broadly speaking, it's about rectifying the disproportionate impact that pollution and other environmental issues have on poorer and minority communities in the industrialized world, as well as on hundreds of millions of people in developing nations who would inevitably suffer most...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
Directly on the heels of losing a $1.5 million donation to create a new chair of Islamic studies, Temple University announced that a donor has come forward to revitalize the campaign. Local energy executive Harry Halloran offered a "challenge grant" of $300,000, which he will give if the university is able to raise the remaining $1.2 million. The donation was...
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Retired Judge Phyllis Beck never asked for anyone's opinion when she decided, in the mid-1960s, to attend Temple law school while raising four children. Nonetheless, plenty of people, including total strangers, told her just what they thought -- and it wasn't exactly positive. "They said my children would grow up to be in the gutter because I wasn't home making...
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For a 15-year-old sophomore from Lower Merion High School, the most poignant moment of her first visit to Israel came when she inserted a piece of paper containing a private prayer between the ancient stones of Jerusalem's Western Wall. While this may sound like a fairly standard post-Israel anecdote, it does have a bit of a twist. The student, Anannas...
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