Tuesday, September 16, 2014 Elul 21, 5774

By:
Jan L. Apple, JE Feature
"If a group of highly educated Jews are assembled in a room and are asked to name two Shakespeare plays, the answer is readily supplied," said Jay Minkoff. "On the other hand, ask them who Maimonides or Rambam was, and the reply may not come so easily." This is not an uncommon scenario among adult Jews in Greater Philadelphia, said...
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Not necessarily, especially when parents decide
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Frank Rosci, JE Feature
Parents who want to be "friends" with their teenagers tread heavily on traditionally sacrosanct ground, crossing old lines established to clearly mark the parent-child relationship - and, perhaps, at the same time, do considerable damage to acceptable codes of conduct and the crucial concept of discipline. So, questions arise: Is it absolutely wrong for parents to be best buddies, trusted...
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For the past 23 years, the Politz Hebrew Academy, an Orthodox day school in Northeast Philadelphia, has served young boys and girls as a home away from home. But after two decades in business, it's time for a little home improvement. Thanks to private contributions, the school is getting a $1.5 million face-lift that will create 11 additional classrooms, along...
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All aboard! Riding the rails in a nation that normally buses it
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Yocheved Miriam Russo, JE Feature
In Jerusalem, Sept. 26, 1892, was quite a day. Everyone who mattered had gathered outside the city's very first train station, a Baroque building in the German Colony. The Turkish pasha and the Turkish governor of Jerusalem were there, plus dignitaries from Constantinople and European consuls. As a Turkish band played, sheep were slaughtered and their blood sprinkled on the...
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More common than once thought: Spousal abuse among the elderly
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Rita Charleston, JE Feature
For many, growing older is a time to stop and smell the roses. It's also a time to reflect on past accomplishments and enjoy the supposedly quieter years that are left. But for a number of elderly citizens, it is also a time of neglect, vulnerability and even abuse - particularly at the hands of a spouse. In fact, say...
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