Saturday, December 27, 2014 Tevet 5, 5775
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After being overseas for four months -- and getting just five hours sleep during the span of about two days of travel -- 17-year-old Rena Asher longed for the comforts of home. She had it all figured out: "Saying 'hi' to my dog and cat -- and my bed," said Asher, after she'd returned from a semester-long stay in Israel...
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Dr. Lewis Gordon has only been teaching at Temple University since 2004, but he's already made a name for himself on campus. That's because Gordon, 44, a professor of religion, philosophy and Judaic studies, is building up scholarship in an area few have explored: Afro-Jewish studies. A black Jew himself, Gordon is working to create a clearinghouse for research on...
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In addition to teaching core subjects, Jewish day schools are often heralded for ingraining students with a strong sense of Jewish values and ethics. They are far less often touted for pushing the envelope on race relations. But since its founding in 2001, the Robert Saligman Middle School -- the junior high affiliate of the Raymond and Ruth Perelman Jewish...
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Ryan Teitman
Does happiness come all wrapped up in an acceptance letter from that exclusive private university? Or does it come with a 4.0 grade-point average or perfect SAT scores? For some students, the attempt to achieve such lofty goals is what drives them -- and may eventually rule their lives. Consequently, young people are developing stress levels of the likes of...
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Ryan Teitman
The preschoolers in Robin Singer's Torah class on Fridays know that when they step into her classroom, they enter another world. Some days, it's the Garden of Eden, complete with construction-paper trees and green-streamer vines criss-crossing the room. Other days it's Noah's ark, and waves of bright-blue plastic "water" circle the room. But no matter the day, students seem to...
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