August 29, 1998 |
Elaine Trachtman Zucker, 64, who taught at Jewish schools throughout the Philadelphia region, died Wednesday at the Good Samaritan Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Fla., of stroke complications. Born in the Strawberry Mansion section of Philadelphia, Mrs. Zucker was in the first graduating class of Akiba Hebrew Academy, formerly in Philadelphia but now in Lower Merion. She lived in Cherry Hill for nearly 30 years before her husband, Rabbi Leonard Zucker, who helped found Congregation B'Nai Tikvah in Washington Township, took a position at a Florida synagogue in January.
November 10, 1999 |
Rabbi David Mayer believes that his Phoenixville congregation has answered the call for heightened religious education in Chester County, but he says most synagogues in the area are not recruiting enough qualified teachers to meet a growing demand. And throughout the county, leaders of other Jewish schools are asking a similar question: Why are people not stepping up to teach? "People finally are asking that," said Rabbi Mayer, of Congregation B'Nai Jacob. "Lately, there has been a resurgence of Jewish people wanting to have their children better educated.
April 5, 1995
The Springside School in Chestnut Hill was closed for spring vacation last week, as were a collection of private schools on the Main Line. The Academy of Notre Dame is closed this week. The Philadelphia public schools are closed next week, as are the Lower Merion Township schools, but next door in Haverford Township, students get just a five-day weekend. The archdiocesan city schools are closed from April 13 through the 18th, while many Jewish schools are taking off for Passover, the week of the 17th.
October 20, 1993 |
BURBANK, CALIF. DISNEY TO PULL 'PROGRAM' SCENE The Walt Disney Co. said it would delete a key scene from "The Program" after three teen-agers were struck by automobiles while apparently imitating the scene by lying in a street. The brief sequence near the film's start shows several drunken college football players lying end-to-end amid rushing cars. It will be removed by Friday and the film's trailer, which shows the scene, also will be pulled, Disney said yesterday. A pickup truck ran over 18-year-old Michael Shingledecker Saturday in Polk, Pa., as he lay on a highway dividing line.
March 3, 1994 |
In the morning after the massacre of Palestinians in a West Bank settlement of Israel, Ari Ben Freedman-Weiss had his bar mitzvah at Temple Adath Jeshurun in Elkins Park. Ari is our neighbor's son, their oldest child. He's a quiet, sweet boy who captured my heart the day he knocked on our door three years ago, shortly after we'd brought home our newly adopted daughter. He handed me a simple thoughtful gift - banner, printed out on his computer, that read "Welcome Mariah. " He has knocked at my door many times since, bearing Boy Scout bags to fill with canned goods for the poor or his sister's outgrown playclothes as hand- me-downs for Mariah.
October 8, 2012 |
PARIS - France is boosting security at Jewish and other religious sites after blanks were fired at a synagogue west of Paris amid renewed concerns about anti-Semitism around the country. President Francois Hollande sought Sunday to allay tensions between Jews and Muslims aggravated by violent incidents in recent months. Hollande singled out hateful extremists for criticism and urged respect for all religions in a country that is officially secular. He said that authorities "in the coming days, in the coming hours" will increase security at religious sites so they won't be subject to the kind of attack that targeted a synagogue in the Paris suburb of Argenteuil on Saturday night.
June 4, 2012 |
Back statute of limitation reform Hear are the words I heard Msgr. William Lynn say during his testimony in the clergy sex abuse trial: "Yes, I lied. Because at that point I was not permitted to say why someone was removed from their parish" ("Defense rests in clergy trial," Wednesday). Later he said, "I didn't have the power to do anything. " I have read many books over the years on the Nazi's reign of terror in Europe during the 1930s and '40s, and I have seen the movie Judgment at Nuremberg many times, and the defense in those cases was eerily similar to what was heard in the clergy trial.
July 9, 1997 |
'We finally got some common sense," was the response of a New York Catholic school teacher to one of the Supreme Court's latest forays into the church-state controversy. Indeed, by a common-sense standard, Agostini v. Felton was a no-brainer. Last month's ruling, reconsidering the court's own 1985 decision, ends the policy under which federally mandated remedial English and math classes were taught to private and parochial school students in vans parked outside school property - because public school teachers were not allowed to set foot inside.
January 25, 1994 |
No way the hundreds of guests in the Sheraton ballroom could miss the arrival of the wedding party: The groom and bride entered to the Rocky theme echoing over the loudspeakers. Then, parading in formation, came a brace of bagpipers from a nearby Palestinian refugee camp, six men in silk beating mammoth tambourines, and an honor guard in Ottoman Turkish robes and turbans, bearing giant torches and raised swords. This wedding, celebrated last week in the city's premier hotel, was an unusual event - but not because of its spectacular theatrics.
July 24, 2002 |
Chaim Potok, the distinguished author and scholar who opened up Orthodox and Hasidic life in America to readers around the world in such best-selling novels as The Chosen (1967), The Promise (1969) and My Name Is Asher Lev (1972), died yesterday at his home in Merion. He was 73. The cause of death, according to his family, was brain cancer. Friends said the bearded, erudite, yet down-to-earth author, a former editor in chief of the Jewish Publication Society in Philadelphia, had been fighting the disease for several years.