Saturday, September 20, 2014 Elul 25, 5774
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Many acrobats can stand on their head, do a split or stretch their legs far behind their heads, but it's a safe bet that most don't try to teach Jewish topics in the process. Yet Lisa Appel is not your average acrobat. At a typical show, the 32-year-old uses circus arts like tumbling, contortion, dancing and juggling to entertain her...
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Ryan Teitman
Darby Leigh has been an actor, a social worker and a student of comparative religions. But one thing he never thought he could possibly be is a rabbi, and for one reason: He is profoundly deaf. But the 33-year-old is now in his fifth year of the six-year rabbinical program at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote, and has been...
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There are some weeks when Fred Siegel severs his arm three, four times on average. While blood oozes out across the stage, Siegel, playing a mad scientist named Dr. Zombini, hums a little "dismemberment music" -- the Frank Sinatra hit "I've Got You Under My Skin." Pretty unusual schtik for a university professor. But Siegel, 46, has plenty of tricks...
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In previous generations, when kids struggled in school, or acted out in class, they were often dismissed as "slow" or "problem children." Now, decades of research on learning disabilities, and on how the brain itself functions, have made parents and educators far more aware of the myriad difficulties that can confront children in school and in life. But there are...
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Like many women, Ilyse Shapiro, 40, originally of Cherry Hill, N.J., has made certain sacrifices in order to raise a family. Namely, the marketing guru and Temple University MBA switched from a full-time career track to one working part-time out of her home. Though Shapiro says that she loves being a stay-at-home mom to daughters Emma Rose, 9, and Molly,...
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