Saturday, September 20, 2014 Elul 25, 5774

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Proponents of a proposed Hebrew-language charter school in Philadelphia have been working to drum up interest by holding informational meetings and putting advertising in the Jewish Exponent and other publications. But despite some early claims that the school would be set to open in September, it appears likely that the institution won't be up and running at least until the...
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Guatemala is abundant with eco-thrills -- and higher tourist taxes?
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Lauren Kramer, JE Feature
There's a place in the Caribbean where manatees move silently in the shallows of Guatemala's Rio Dulce River and children paddle dug-out canoes across the water to get to school. Verdant jungle abounds, and though there has been significant deforestation nearby, from this vantage point, it looks like the land has never been touched by human hands. To get to...
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Daphna Berman, JE Feature
Sophie Freedman is a typical sixth-grader in many ways. She loves animals, the color pink, dissecting things in science class and making jewelry. And so, when it came time to prepare a Bat Mitzvah project, beading bracelets and then giving them to children with cancer seemed like a great idea. But for Sophie, who set up shop at the oncology...
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Barrack runs a bone-marrow search to assist a local woman
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Frank Rosci, JE Feature
Sandee Kline, who has acute nonlymphocytic leukemia, needs a miracle -- and she needs it now. To that end, the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy in Bryn Mawr earlier this month sponsored a daylong drive to find a bone-marrow match and donor for the 57-year-old wife, mother and grandmother. Word of the event spread like wildfire, and by the end...
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The teacher switched off the Israeli rock and hip-hop tunes blaring from his laptop and, although only a handful of students were at their desks, dove right into the day's topic: What does it mean to be a Jewish hero? In the past few months, they have discussed a range of figures -- from baseball legend Sandy Koufax to funny...
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