Saturday, May 30, 2015 Sivan 12, 5775

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Rabbi Ira F. Stone can cite one reason why Conservative congregations have been losing ground to their Reform and Reconstructionist counterparts: Many people perceive them as less open to intermarried families. Stone, the religious leader of Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel in Center City, believes that Conservative shuls need to become more welcoming not only because it's the right thing to...
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Meryl Harrison Joblin
FIRST PERSON It was my father who entered me in the "Farrah Fawcett Look-Alike Contest." But it was me who paraded around the Phillies baseball diamond with thousands of other young blondish women sporting skimpy outfits and flowing manes. It was the summer of 1977, and I was 25, with a 1-year-old son in a stroller wheeled by my husband,...
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Aaron Passman, Staff Writer
Sara Brams-Miller is hoping the World Maccabiah Games will not only be her first step into international competition, but will also lead into professional cycling one day. She will be the only Philadelphia-area cyclist riding in open cycling at next month's games. Several other local riders will be competing in masters cycling. The 25-year-old native of Bethlehem, Pa., turned to...
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Aaron Passman, Staff Writer
In the Specter household, it's no stretch to say that squash is the family sport. Parents Shanin and Tracey met one another back in 1982 on the squash court while they were students at the University of Pennsylvania; these days, they can regularly be found playing on the family court. Sometimes the senior Specter, grandfather Arlen -- yes, that Arlen...
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Aaron Passman, Staff Writer
If Anatoliy Kenis fights the way that he talks, then he'll have no trouble bringing home a few gold medals. The 40-year-old, Ukrainian-born judoka (that's judo competitor, for those not in the know) is about as big as a bear, but he gives off the air of being quiet and reserved. Get him talking about his 35 years of fighting,...
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