Thursday, August 21, 2014 Av 25, 5774

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Aaron Passman, JE Staff
On a dreary Friday evening, new roommates Juliana Teibel and Erica Hochman were looking for some place to go. Hailing from Buffalo, N.Y., and Mountainside, N.J., respectively, the pair were new to Philadelphia and Temple University. The 18-year-olds admitted that they hadn't met many people yet -- besides each other -- and with countless student groups vying for their attention,...
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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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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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A group of local rabbis is calling on Jews to observe a fast day in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza. The group, part of a coalition of 60 rabbis around the country called Ta'anit Tzedek: Jewish Fast for Gaza, is advocating that Israel lift its three-year-old economic blockade, which it claims has resulted in "collective punishment" for Gaza's civilians due...
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