Saturday, August 30, 2014 Elul 4, 5774

... from their friends: Exchange program lets teens see commonalities
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During a recent exchange program, Barrack Hebrew Academy students got the opportunity to see how similar they are to teenagers who attend school thousands of miles away from them, in the land of the tango. The two groups of teens --both wearing the unofficial "school uniform" of professional-sports jerseys or shirts with familiar brand names and, of course, jeans --...
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The North American Association of Community Hebrew High Schools held its fourth Annual Conference this summer at Brandeis University. Thirty-nine professionals, representing 33 community Hebrew high schools from throughout the United States, explored the idea of exploring partnerships to enrich their schools. The Jewish Community High School of Gratz College was represented by Ari Goldberg, director, and Ruth Schapira, director...
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In I.B. Singer's "Yentl the Yeshiva Boy," the female protagonist chooses intellectual pursuits over a man with whom she's in love. In Portnoy's Complaint by Philip Roth, a male character recounts various episodes of sexual frustration, gratification and much experimentation. Indeed, great works of Jewish literature raise provocative -- and very real -- questions about love, sex and interpersonal relationships...
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Brazil is flooded with history -- in the most unlikely places
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Janet Darbey, JE Feature
Everyone's surely heard of Carnival in Rio and its wild street parades that bring on the somber time of Lent. And, of course, Brazilian cities are much influenced in many ways by their Catholic heritage -- Rio's Corcovado and its iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer, known worldwide, attest to that. And yet, although the Jewish community in Brazil numbers...
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Ben G. Frank , JE Feature
In one city, there is joy, back-slapping, the roar of the crowd, popping champagne, a citizenry even smiling on their way to work early in the morning. In another city, it's all "doom and gloom," crying in their coffee, throwing away their baseball caps, frowning and not even showing up for work -- so depressed are they. This month, the...
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