Thursday, July 2, 2015 Tammuz 15, 5775
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The decision by both the University of Pennsylvania and Rutgers University to suspend their undergraduate Israel study-abroad programs for the semester -- a move taken as fighting still raged in Gaza and rockets fell on southern Israel -- has triggered criticism and stirred debate on both campuses. According to the Anti-Defamation League's national office, only two other American institutions took...
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Philadelphia and San Francisco may be at opposite ends of the country, but the two cities got a little bit closer recently, thanks to a significant grant awarded to a local education organization based in Montgomery County. The Jewish Outreach Partnership in Melrose Park was awarded a $150,000 Signature Grant by the board of directors of the Covenant Foundation in...
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As the jobless rate grows day by day and the recession appears to deepen, many Jewish day schools across the country face several bitter realities -- like smaller class sizes and leaner budgets. But the near simultaneous announcements last month that the Raymond and Ruth Perelman Jewish Day School and the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy have established major tuition-incentive...
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
It's beginning to turn into somewhat of a minhag, a tradition -- the Thursday-afternoon rally for Israel in frigid temperatures. This time, the event, on Jan. 15, took place on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania, and while the turnout was only a fraction of the size of the previous week's Love Park event, the high level of sentiment...
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Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg, JE Feature
Growing up the seventh of eight children to a single mom in inner-city Philadelphia, Salome Thomas-EL noted that he could have easily become "one of the ones on the corner, doing the same thing every day." But in the early 1980s, Marsha Pincus, an English teacher at Simon Gratz High School, reached out to him and instilled in the skinny...
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