Sunday, April 26, 2015 Iyyar 7, 5775

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Birthright Israel NEXT, the nonprofit agency designed to continue engaging the young adults who took advantage of the agency's free trips to Israel after they return home, is downsizing and reshaping its operations in Philadelphia. Though details are still being finalized, officials say NEXT will be revived this winter in partnership with the volunteer-run Moishe House and Tribe 12, a...
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Environmentalism and the Internet: two words you don't hear too often in the same sentence. But 19 young Jewish environmentalists are hoping this combination will be just the thing to connect and promote environmental activism across the world. Together, they recently launched Jewcology.com , an interactive web portal loaded with eco-conscious blogs, discussion forums, event listings and educational resources. At...
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Nine-year-old Leedaar Alon giggled as she lowered a bright light over a metal grasshopper, setting the solar-paneled toy into a nervous skitter. Behind her, other fourth-graders in her class at the Congregations of Shaare Shamayim raced tiny cars using the same "solar" technique. On Sunday, Hebrew lessons took a back seat as the entire religious school rotated through a series...
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Ed Rendell may now be a former governor and a private citizen once again -- Republican Gov. Tom Corbett took the oath of office Tuesday morning -- but don't expect the 67-year-old to be sitting around idly. In fact, the two-term governor and former Philadelphia mayor -- who admittedly has never spent much time in synagogue, but has expressed pride...
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In the corner of a sunlit classroom at Torah Academy, three sixth-grade girls gossiped about an upcoming party. A few feet away, well within earshot, a lone girl sat staring down at her desk, careful not to look up from the drawing she was doodling. "I wish I was invited," she mumbled to herself. "Why do they hate me?" Fortunately...
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