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August 29, 1998 | By Eric Dyer, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
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.
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November 10, 1999 | By Robert Sanchez, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
October 20, 1993 | Daily News wire services
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.
NEWS
March 3, 1994 | BY LINDA WRIGHT MOORE
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.
NEWS
October 8, 2012 | By Angela Charlton, Associated Press
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.
NEWS
June 4, 2012 | Letter to the Inquirer Editor
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.
NEWS
July 9, 1997 | By Cathy Young
'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.
NEWS
January 25, 1994 | By Alan Sipress, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
July 24, 2002 | By Carlin Romano INQUIRER BOOK CRITIC
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.
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September 4, 2014 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
Perelman Jewish Day School teachers are appealing a National Labor Relations Board ruling rejecting its claim that the private Jewish school engaged in unfair labor practices. Meanwhile, another area Jewish day school, Barrack Hebrew Academy in Bryn Mawr, approved a five-year contract with its 56 teachers, providing for raises of 0, 2, 2, 3, and 3 percent. "The successful conclusion of our negotiations shows that there is no conflict between running a successful Jewish day school and having a unionized workforce," said Barnett Kamen, co-president of the Barrack union.
NEWS
June 9, 2014 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
When teachers at the Perelman Jewish Day School in Montgomery County were told in March that the private religious academy would no longer recognize their 60-member union, they filed a federal labor complaint - and then they went to a higher authority. With the clock ticking toward the end of their existing contract, Perelman teachers and their supporters are hoping a last-ditch appeal to Jewish religious law - specifically a 2008 finding by the religion's Conservative movement that affiliated institutions can't interfere with labor organizing - can save their union.
NEWS
December 20, 2012 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
A different type of match was made this week in the Philadelphia region's Jewish education community - and the product of the union will be named the Robert M. Saligman Middle School of the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy. On Tuesday night, the boards of the Perelman Jewish Day School and Barrack Hebrew Academy met separately and approved merging their programs for grades six through eight. After this school year ends, Perelman's Saligman Middle School will move from its Melrose Park location at the Mandell Education Campus on Old York Road to a building that will become the new middle school on Barrack's 35-acre campus in Bryn Mawr.
NEWS
October 8, 2012 | By Angela Charlton, Associated Press
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.
NEWS
June 4, 2012 | Letter to the Inquirer Editor
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.
NEWS
November 17, 2011 | Associated Press
LAKEWOOD, N.J. - Thanksgiving will be just another day on the road for many school bus drivers in one South Jersey town. Lakewood in Ocean County is asking scores of drivers to work in order to transport about 18,000 Orthodox Jewish students to and from their private schools in the township. State law requires public school districts to pay for transportation to private-school students every Monday through Friday from September through June. In most places, private schools are closed on major holidays.
NEWS
March 18, 2006 | By Martha Woodall INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
After operating a small campus in Richboro, Bucks County, for seven years, the Perelman Jewish Day School's board has voted to close it in June and merge it with a larger elementary school in Melrose Park. In a meeting crowded with concerned parents, the board that oversees Perelman's four Jewish schools voted Thursday night to close the center at the Ohev Shalom Congregation, which has 33 children in first through fifth grades. Officials said the decision was made after a two-year review and efforts to keep the school operating.
NEWS
July 24, 2002 | By Carlin Romano INQUIRER BOOK CRITIC
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.
NEWS
October 15, 2001 | By Kristen A. Graham INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Science and art classes, once the provinces of dedicated classrooms, have been relegated to carts that teachers wheel through narrow corridors. The new computer lab doubles as an overflow room, and students, some from as far away as Bala Cynwyd, Montgomery County, troop into trailers for lessons. And Alice Green, head of the Politz Day School of Cherry Hill, is jubilant. "We are severely overcrowded," she said, walking past the wooden table in the corner of a hallway that serves as the faculty lounge in the modern Orthodox Hebrew day school.
NEWS
November 10, 1999 | By Robert Sanchez, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
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.
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