Sunday, May 1, 2016 Nisan 23, 5776

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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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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Lauren Kramer, JE Feature
Mention the name "Dean" in the Mexican port of Costa Maya, and everyone will know just what you're talking about. The Category 5 hurricane that carries his name struck two years ago, leaving an indelible imprint from which both the port and the nearby town of Mahahual are still recovering. The contorted, gray limbs of dead mangrove trees stretch across...
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Local families are birds of a feather when it comes to matters green
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
On a quiet, tree-lined street in West Mount Airy, historic multilevel houses are the norm. Many of these massive, three- and four-story structures were built around the turn of the last century, when gas was cheap and electricity was on the rise. But one among this string of impressive structures -- with its typical long driveway and wrap-around porch --...
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Medical author seeks 'best treatment options'
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Rita Charleston, JE Feature
For James Coplan, a neurodevelopmental pediatrician with decades of experience as a clinician and a researcher, it all began many years ago, when his younger sister was diagnosed with mental retardation. "I remember how it upset me when we would take her to visit my great-grandpa Joe in a Jewish home for the aged. He was blind, and when he...
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