Saturday, April 19, 2014 Nisan 19, 5774
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Sally Friedman, JF Feature
It's difficult for Dr. Daniel Bogen to describe what he was feeling about his Jewish heritage until recently. "Disconnected" is a word that seems applicable. "Curious" also applies. "There was a part of me that I just didn't know," said this soft-spoken, thoughtful M.D./Ph.D., who is an associate professor in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania. Growing...
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Jan L. Apple, JF Feature
The following is the first in a series of articles about the Nurturing Excellence in Synagogue Schools program. An estimated 80 percent of Jewish children receive their formal religious training through a synagogue supplemental school. For many of these youngsters, research has revealed what their parents have known for years -- that the experience inside the classroom has been less...
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The fall of communism in Eastern Europe ushered in a period of intense debate in Poland over how the nation should appropriately interpret the Holocaust, as well as the fate of Poland's lost 3 million Jews. The change in the political climate in the 1990s also set off a related debate that continues today as to exactly what that nation...
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The decision of the University of Pennsylvania's political-science department and Middle East Center to sponsor a talk by a controversial critic of Israel prompted a backlash from pro-Israel students, as well as a heated campus debate over just who should receive university support to present their views. At the center of the brouhaha is Norman G. Finkelstein, associate professor of...
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Officials at Gratz College hoped that screening a film about a teen girl's struggle to reconcile her homosexuality with Judaism, while also challenging her high school to become a more welcoming place, might prompt some discussion and send a message that the Melrose Park campus is an open environment for Jews of diverse backgrounds. Five years ago, Shulamit Izen --...
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