Wednesday, August 5, 2015 Av 20, 5775
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Ryan Teitman, JE Feature
The 2004 documentary Paper Clips tells the story of the small town of Whitwell, Tenn., where a certain group of middle-school students undertook a remarkable project: filling a railway car with 11 million paper clips -- one for each victim of the Holocaust. Now, the Jess Kedson Foundation and the National Council of Jewish Women have been spreading the message...
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Rachel Silverman, JE Feature
Judith Hodara is not a rabbi, nor does she have a position in the organized Jewish world. Still, Hodara, an admissions officer at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, sees herself as an ardent spokesperson for Israel. "Israel has so much to offer, both regionally and internationally," stated the 38-year-old. "So I try to think, 'How can I...
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In it's June electronic newsletter, the Federal Environmental Protection's Agency Energy Star program highlighted the efforts of Congregation Mishkan Shalom, a Reconstructionist synagogue in Roxborough, to reduce its energy costs and cut back on carbon-dioxide emissions. The Energy Star Program -- which awards small businesses and congregations for maximizing energy efficiency -- first recognized Mishkan back in 2004. That wasn't...
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Whether the post-Sept. 11 struggle is called "a war on terror" or "a war against radical Islam," the United States is losing the all-important battle for Muslim "hearts and minds," according to Lawrence Husick, a senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute's Center on Terrorism, Counter-Terrorism and Homeland Security. During a July 31 talk at FPRI's Center City offices,...
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Ryan Teitman, JE Feature
Most students view their summer vacation as a respite from school -- a chance to leave studying behind, enjoy the weather and chill out with friends. But for others, like Philadelphia-area teens Tyler Harris and Jessica Rose, summer is when they spend some of their precious downtime learning to become leaders. For instance, at BBYO's International Training Leadership Conference, they...
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