Friday, October 24, 2014 Tishri 30, 5775
Passing on the reins of a key community-building program
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The Kehillot, the seven community-building entities throughout the region that stage Jewish festivals, adult learning sessions, soccer leagues, children's storytelling and Israeli Independence Day events, is about to come under new management. The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, which created and for years ran the network, is turning over the program to the Auerbach Central Agency for Jewish Education/ Jewish...
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What do a Chabad rabbi from Delaware, the director of congregational learning at a Conservative shul in Baltimore and the education director of a Reform synagogue in Abington have in common? They're all full-time Jewish communal professionals working toward doctorates in Jewish education at Gratz College in Melrose Park. The program, now entering its fourth year, has 15 students, who...
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
While many of his peers were heading to traditional spring-break venues in Florida, 20-year-old Jacob Arem wasn't having any of that. Sure, he was looking for some sand and sun, but he was focusing on something a bit more off the beaten path. Hello, Syria. The Akiba Hebrew Academy graduate and Cornell University senior said that despite some initial fears...
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The Lokoff Early Learning Center, a Federation Early Learning Services facility, has opened its doors in a brand-new setting -- 7002 Butler Pike in Ambler. Parents are invited to meet center director Amy Wertkin and visit classrooms during one of two open houses: Sunday, Aug. 15, 10 a.m. to noon; and Wednesday, Aug. 18, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Parking...
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Dressed in a hijab, Sarah Shiha, a 22-year-old Egyptian who hopes to one day preach the Koran on the airwaves, declares a desire to study Torah. But before her recent visit to Philadelphia, she'd never even met a Jew. Now, after participating in a five-week seminar on democracy and religious pluralism for students from the Arab world that included several...
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