Thursday, September 18, 2014 Elul 23, 5774

Stern Hebrew High School's efforts to take up residence in the old Akiba Hebrew Academy facility in Merion Station took a small step forward on Nov. 19 at a Lower Merion Township zoning hearing. The Modern Orthodox day school, along with the Kohelet Foundation, is seeking the zoning board's approval to alter the facilities on the premises. Chief among the...
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
According to one local rabbi, Sukkot might just be the ultimate "queer" holiday. "Being queer means bringing a sense of celebration, a spark" to Judaism, and Sukkot, what with the unusual lulav and etrog and all manner of diversity, "is the ultimate holiday, because it is the queer embodiment of Torah," said Rabbi Linda Holtzman of the Reconstructionist Congregation Mishkan...
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Karina Grudnikov, JE Feature
Checking her Facebook page, Laura Miller saw requests from an old family friend, her boyfriend's best friend and a former high-school classmate. Another request surprised her: one from her mother. Miller promptly rejected it. "I told her I'd have no problem helping her use [it] as long as she didn't expect me to be her friend," she says. "So why...
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What abnormal appearances may say about those in the mainstream
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Frank Rosci, JE Feature
In his book, Freaks of Nature, What Anomalies Tell Us About Development and Evolution , Mark S. Blumberg, professor in the department of psychology, and a Starch Faculty Fellow, at the University of Iowa, proposes that freaks are actually part of the normal course of development, survival and evolution. Blumberg introduced the book to a packed house at the College...
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When California dreamin' and eatin' take over
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Elyse Glickman, JE Feature
Remember the trip to Southern California you took as a child with your family? Or do you remember watching the Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year's Day, envying the kids lining the parade route wearing shorts and T-shirts? Whether or not you've been to Los Angeles, you probably have certain ideas of what the town is all about --...
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