Wednesday, August 20, 2014 Av 24, 5774

Once again, locals lament the end of an institutional era
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
Faced with an aging congregation and changing neighborhood demographics, leaders of Beth Emeth-B'nai Yitzhok synagogue were forced over the last decade or so to implement innovative ideas to keep the shul afloat and in its home in the Northeast neighborhood of Oxford Circle. They offered free one-year memberships to all, and even contracted with several cell-phone companies to basically lease...
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ORT schools take off -- socially, scientifically and 'cent'-sibly
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Ryan Teitman, JE Feature
In the State of Israel, one of most valuable resources is the essence of the nation itself: the people. In a land where the collective effort and ingenuity of a population turned rocky soil into farmland, the education of Israelis remains one of the keys to the country's continued success. And one of the most fertile frontiers for the nation...
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Jino Nakhle, all of 12, recalls the moment with astonishing clarity. Just seven years ago, his father, then a soldier with the South Lebanese Army, broke the news to the family that they had to leave their home immediately -- and forever. It was a simple question of survival. Back in June 2000, Israeli premier Ehud Barak gave the order...
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In addition to a new name, the school's also getting a new address
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The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia has purchased a 35-acre campus, worth roughly $30 million, located in Delaware County's Radnor Township -- a move officials there hope will lead to the creation of a communal and educational hub for the Main Line, one modeled partly on the more than 20-year-old Mandell Education Campus in Melrose Park. Akiba Hebrew Academy will...
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The weather cooperated for the second annual "Oy Vey 5K," held last month by Congregation Beth Or in Maple Glen: It was a bit overcast, not too hot and not too dry. About 250 runners and walkers participated in this benefit for two charities: Jacob's Ladder, a program run by Jewish Family and Children's Service, and the Interfaith Housing Alliance...
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