Tuesday, September 16, 2014 Elul 21, 5774
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Bill Coren wasn't the best runner in the 1960s when he was part of the Springfield High School track and field squad. The 57-year-old has suffered from Crohn's disease his entire life, which he said prevented him from building the muscle necessary for the bursts of speed and strength most track events require. But the Delaware County native and longtime...
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Bobbi Kraft can't exactly explain why she's always felt a certain pull toward Israel. "I was born when Israel was born, and my parents were Zionists," said Kraft. "Israel was always an important part of my life. As I got older, in my 20s, I thought 'I'm not living in Israel but I want a connection.' " So Kraft joined...
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When Eastern European Jews arriving in Israel after the War of Independence in 1948 needed volunteers to help them learn to read the new language, Zehava Blackman said she was first in line. "I always loved to teach," said the now 75-year-old. "Even as a young girl, I would teach the younger ones, whatever their level, whatever they needed to...
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When Pamela G. Weinstein, 56, tended to terminally ill patients at a hospice unit at the Hospital at University of Pennsylvania back in 1987, she recognized that not only the patients needed help. "I realized that there was a big loss when the patient dies, because the families lost their jobs in a sense," said Weinstein, referring to the effort...
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Steven Dinero decided that 11 p.m. is as good a time as any to light Shabbat candles on Friday night - at least, when he's up in Arctic Village, Alaska. After all, during the summer months, the sun never really sets in this town of 160 people, situated more than 700 miles north of Anchorage, well inside the Arctic Circle...
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