Saturday, November 1, 2014 Heshvan 8, 5775
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For Akiba Hebrew Academy, the donations keep piling up. On the heels of a $5 million gift from the Barrack Foundation -- the largest in the school's history -- the institution in Merion Station just received an anonymous donation to help create scholarships for qualified children whose parents work in the Jewish community. The new scholarships will benefit children of...
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If Rabbi David Wolpe had his way, children would turn off their iPods and cell phones, and turn on to Judaism. "Every technological tool enforces isolation and a virtual community, which means not a real community," stated the Los Angeles-based author and educator, arguing that communal values are central to Jewish life. Speaking at the 20th-anniversary celebration for the Auerbach...
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When high-schoolers are asked where they've learned about managing money, overwhelming numbers of them say "at home." But how good are the lessons at your house? Is the only education they get available when you and your spouse are throwing small strips of paper around on -- this year, anyway -- April 17, hoping everything adds up in time for...
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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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