Friday, August 22, 2014 Av 26, 5774
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Sarah Martinez-Helfman's office in the Novacare Complex overlooks the expanse of green field where the Philadelphia Eagles are preparing for the upcoming season. Her room is also cluttered with autographed team memorabilia. Nonetheless, she doesn't want to talk football. During a conversation about her position as executive director of the Eagles Youth Partnership and its work with underprivileged kids, the...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
Amid garbage bags, an old roller skate and a television broken in half - wires frayed in all directions - a gravestone with Hebrew lettering leaned to one side. Most of the words were faded and a piece of the top had been broken off, but at the bottom it still clearly read "5621," the Hebrew year translating to 1860-61...
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Carin M. Smilk, JE Feature
You can glimpse a lot from the inside of a person's home. Art, books, music. Souvenirs and framed photos. An armchair tilted toward the light. A multi-level enclave in the city, within walking distance of cultural sites and the corner grocer. These are the things that are important to Carole Beitchman. These - and education. Beitchman (nee Hamburger) took the...
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As someone who's spent the better part of her adult life immersed in education, Joyce Ness can understand the large strides that the profession has taken in the last 30 years. When she began teaching back in 1971, "there was little research on reading, little research on multiple intelligence, and little or no research about brain-compatible learning. Many of the...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
Rochelle Rabeeya is on a quest to raise the level of teaching at area Hebrew schools. Rabeeya, the director of educational services for the Auerbach Central Agency for Jewish Education of Greater Philadelphia, is attempting to "professionalize the profession" by encouraging Hebrew-school teachers to take classes and gain credits toward becoming licensed teachers. Currently, Pennsylvania law does not require teachers...
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