Tuesday, September 2, 2014 Elul 7, 5774

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Plans to open a publicly funded, Hebrew-language charter school in Center City this fall are moving full steam ahead, despite some substantial stumbling blocks. The school, which organizers are hoping to open in September, would be the region's first charter school aimed primarily at Jewish children. Proponents say that the curriculum will focus on the Hebrew language, as well as...
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Nine college juniors who grew up as the closest of friends in the suburbs along Philadelphia's Main Line struck upon an idea: Come to Israel, for a semester, together. And so, here they are, living as roommates in the dorms of Tel Aviv University, taking classes on Israeli politics, cooking Shabbat meals together, whitewater rafting down the Jordan River, hiking...
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
Drexel University has long made a point of sending its students for study abroad, as well as urging them to participate in co-op programs, but several new initiatives between Drexel and Israeli universities are also putting the focus on faculty exchanges and collaboration. During a 10-day trip in November, Drexel provost Mark Greenberg and interim president C.R. "Chuck" Pennoni led...
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"Don't look at me. I know I'm handsome. Look at the page," David Rabeeya said playfully to his sixth- and seventh-grade students before switching back to Arabic. " Uskoot ," Rabeeya said a bit more forcefully. The septuagenarian somehow managed to come across as both jovial and stern as he made perhaps the most common classroom request in any language:...
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
Rosalind and Douglas Doman had done the math, and after crunching the numbers over and over again, they came to the conclusion that sending their children to religious school was a financial burden they weren't prepared to undertake. So, like many families, they put it off. "We waited until the last moment when I knew, 'This is it -- either...
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