Thursday, October 2, 2014 Tishri 8, 5775

A first anniversary for an extended culinary venture
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Chef Matt Becker remembers the first time he asked his boss for schmaltz to make a signature Jewish dish. “I learned a lot of Jewish cuisine through my mother and grandmother,” explains Becker, the chef of Steve Stein’s Famous Deli & Restaurant in Northeast Philadelphia, who grew up not too far from the Krewston Road landmark. “So when I was...
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Jewish communal leaders walked away from the mid-August national assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America victorious: The church body, eschewing the tactics of the Presbyterian Church USA, the Episcopal Church USA and the United Church of Christ, handily defeated a proposal to divest its funds from corporations that do business in Israel. But the victory came with a...
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Thanks to an influx of grant money and brand-new school supplies, this year's students at Politz Hebrew Academy of Philadelphia will enjoy improved classes and programming - something principal Besie Katz says is taking "what's already a diamond and just" polishing it. Classes begin at Politz on Wednesday, Sept. 7. In addition to new science textbooks for the middle school...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
With a revamped lab, a list of guest speakers and a new instructor, Torah Academy of Greater Philadelphia has beefed up its middle- and high school science programs. The Rubin Science Center, which opens on Tuesday, Sept. 6, with the start of the school year, will now boast two high-powered microscopes, new computers, a new projector and a new teacher-guided...
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For years, Christian conservatives have pushed for the resumption of school prayer, once a figure of public education in America but banned in the 1960s by the Supreme Court as unconstitutional. At the same time, Jewish organizations, concerned over proselytizing on school grounds, have been just as vehement in their demands that religion stay far away from the schoolhouse. Now,...
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