Friday, September 19, 2014 Elul 24, 5774

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For the past 23 years, the Politz Hebrew Academy, an Orthodox day school in Northeast Philadelphia, has served young boys and girls as a home away from home. But after two decades in business, it's time for a little home improvement. Thanks to private contributions, the school is getting a $1.5 million face-lift that will create 11 additional classrooms, along...
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Zara Myers, JE Feature
Most people ease into getting involved in an organization, but not Michael Feist, a 29-year-old, single graduate student at Temple University. "I jumped right into the Renaissance Group," he stated, referring to the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia's organization for the 25- to 45-aged crowd. What led to such involvement? It started last summer, with a trip to Israel. Encouraged...
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Jan L. Apple , JE Feature
Once upon a time, neighborhoods and the communal feelings they evoked were an integral part of people's lives, whether it was asking a neighbor for a ride to the doctor's office or walking down the street on a summer evening to play a game of cards. But times have changed. In today's fast-paced, high-tech society, the elderly, in particular, have...
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Gloria Hayes Kremer, JE Feature
Our modern, tumultuous world is filled with miraculous things. This story is one of them. When Henri Landwirth was born in Antwerp, Belgium, on March 7, 1927, his parents, Max and Fanny, felt the family would have more opportunity for success if they moved to Poland. For the first 13 years of his life, Henri and his twin sister, Margot,...
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In honor of a child, kids do what they do best: eat dessert!
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Jeffrey Kahan has many pictures of his youngest son, Joshua. By far, his favorite remains a simple snapshot of a still-healthy boy relishing an ice-cream cone. In April 1997, Josh was diagnosed with leukemia - the No. 1 disease killer of American children between the ages of 1 and 14. Five months later, shortly before his third birthday, Josh succumbed...
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