More than 800 students applied to attend the new Ben Gamla Charter School in Hollywood, Fla., within weeks of its announced opening, but critics are watching carefully to see that the school stays focused on Hebrew language and culture, not religion. "If I were to send her to any other public school, you better believe that come December, she'd be learning Christmas carols," said parent Margaret Schorr, whose daughter Hannah will attend kindergarten at Ben Gamla.

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