Monday, May 30, 2016 Iyyar 22, 5776
For decades, the Anti-Defamation League has opposed school vouchers on the grounds that such a policy could dent the wall separating church and state by steering public dollars toward religious schools. But now, lay leaders in Philadelphia are leading the charge for the influential national organization, which has long advocated for strict church-state separation, to reverse course. The argument, according...
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Proponents of a proposed Hebrew-language charter school in Philadelphia have been working to drum up interest by holding informational meetings and putting advertising in the Jewish Exponent and other publications. But despite some early claims that the school would be set to open in September, it appears likely that the institution won't be up and running at least until the...
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
"Somebody's looking out for me upstairs," Jay Furman cheerfully declared as he pointed upwards. Needless to say, the 98-year-old wasn't talking about the folks who manage the Center City senior living facility where he lives. Whether it's due to a healthy lifestyle or a far greater power, Furman once again led the procession of alumni at the University of Pennsylvania...
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The teacher switched off the Israeli rock and hip-hop tunes blaring from his laptop and, although only a handful of students were at their desks, dove right into the day's topic: What does it mean to be a Jewish hero? In the past few months, they have discussed a range of figures -- from baseball legend Sandy Koufax to funny...
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
When Jena Verlin started looking at colleges last year, she was looking for a small school not too far from home with an active Jewish community. As one who regularly attends services at Congregation Adath Israel in Merion Station, the 17-year-old said that when it came to college, she didn't want to be "That Weird Girl Who Goes to Services...
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