Thursday, February 26, 2015 AdarI 7, 5775
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Ryan Teitman, JE Staff
Jacob Johns spent the early part of his adulthood moving from job to job, with no real prospects for the future in sight. From factory to restaurant work, he had nothing stable to hang his hat on. "Nothing with a pension," he said. "Nothing with any future. Nothing I could call a career." He had a young family to support,...
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Rachel Silverman, JE Staff
If Hannah Arendt -- the great German-born political philosopher -- were alive today, she would be disappointed in U.S. policies and feel alienated from American culture, stated her biographer, friend and former student Elisabeth Young-Bruehl. Speaking at the University of Pennsylvania, Young-Bruehl likened the United States to the totalitarian regimes that Arendt spent so much time describing. In what is...
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Roberta Ginsburg doesn't like divisiveness, nor will she tolerate complacency. That's why Ginsburg, 59, an East Falls resident, spends her free time coaching ex-criminal offenders and spearheading community-development initiatives. That's also why starting DNA Connect, a clearinghouse for genetic testing, was the perfect outgrowth of her interests. The company -- founded by Ginsburg in 2001 -- offers DNA tests for...
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Hans Koebler had heard stories from his grandfather, who had been a member of the Hitler youth. And he had learned about the Holocaust in school, but the youth had trouble wrapping his mind around events that took place before he was born. "It's not personal for us anymore as kids," said Koebler, 17. "It's dimensions we can't think of...
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Gratz College is planning to establish a policy institute that will focus on Israel and Middle Eastern affairs. To be called the Center for Democracy in the Middle East, it will analyze the nature of the discourse taking place on college campuses across the country about these hot-button subjects. Administrators at the Elkins Park school, as well as backers of...
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