Tuesday, September 2, 2014 Elul 7, 5774
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Ryan Teitman
The day was one for remembering the past of Abrams Hebrew Academy, and looking with hope toward the future. "We're here to inspire," said Rabbi Ira Budow, the academy's director and a 26-year veteran of the institution. On a balmy December day, Abrams dedicated its new Beit Aliza Chavurah for Girls and the Beit Aliza Torah, both in honor of...
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Although walking through an actual cattle car used to transport Jews to concentration camps and gazing at images of dead bodies resonated deeply with Jamillah Hannibal, it was an exhibit featuring Nazi tools for measuring facial features and colors that proved most profound for the 16 year old. "You could put yourself up there, and look at your hair color...
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Gratz College is planning to establish a policy institute that will focus on Israel and Middle Eastern affairs. To be called the Center for Democracy in the Middle East, it will analyze the nature of the discourse taking place on college campuses across the country about these hot-button subjects. Administrators at the Elkins Park school, as well as backers of...
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Hans Koebler had heard stories from his grandfather, who had been a member of the Hitler youth. And he had learned about the Holocaust in school, but the youth had trouble wrapping his mind around events that took place before he was born. "It's not personal for us anymore as kids," said Koebler, 17. "It's dimensions we can't think of...
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Shani is sitting on the floor, cross-legged and barefoot. She asks her peers, who are modeling the behaviors of teenage girls, to list some of the unhealthy things they do. One "girl" tells the group she doesn't sleep enough; another admits she has bad skin. A third rather nonchalantly mentions that she smokes "three or four a day." As a...
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