Wednesday, August 27, 2014 Elul 1, 5774
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On Yom Kippur, for the first time in his life, work kept Avi Behar from going to shul. Instead, the 23-year-old lieutenant from Cherry Hill, N.J., commanded a convoy mission in western Afghanistan. In lieu of services, he wore a camouflage kipah and paused during breaks to read from a matching, army-issued prayerbook, he said. It was nothing like home,...
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Evelyn Sidewater, 97, active in many Jewish charities, died July 29 at her home in Wynnewood. After moving to the Wynnefield area in the early 1940s, Sidewater and her husband, Morris (founder of Charming Shoppes Inc., the women's apparel retailer headquartered in Bensalem), became members of Har Zion Temple, where she was active in the Sisterhood for many years. Along...
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
Since 1973, there have been nine Israeli prime ministers, seven American presidents, and one constant at Philadelphia's Jewish Community Relations Council: Burt Siegel, who will step down on Nov. 3 from his post as executive director of the organization he's served for 35 years. In a career that's seen the easing of tensions between Philadelphia's Jewish and African-American communities, and...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
As a teenager, Larry Holman entered the U.S. Navy with the idea of serving exactly three years and three days -- and never dreamt of making a career of it. By enlisting just before his 18th birthday in 1958, he was assured that his service would end by age 21; however, the Nebraska native excelled, and was quickly promoted to...
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Rachel Silverman, JE Feature
Entering middle school, as any prepubescent male or female will tell you, can be daunting. In addition to locker codes and complicated class schedules comes hormones, braces and all kinds of new social mores. As a social worker with Montgomery County Family Services -- and the mother of twin, 13-year-old girls -- Paula Singer is well aware of this rough...
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