Monday, October 20, 2014 Tishri 26, 5775
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Jordan Schwartz was in fifth grade when his mother, Allyson Schwartz, announced to her family that she planned to run for state senate. Though he'd known her to be involved in various committees before, Schwartz described his mother's newly stated political ambitions as "hugely impactful for me at a young age." "I saw what she had to do, as a...
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Following a five-year stint in South Africa where she created a gourmet cookie company from the ground up -- hiring residents of an impoverished township near Cape Town as employees -- Alicia D. Polak is back to market her products and promote her venture. Polak, a one-time investment banker who traveled the world, argues that a socially responsible, for-profit business...
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Ryan Teitman
Smack dab in the center of the Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance rests a whiteboard that serves as a briefing point for staff members and volunteers. Neat rows of colored symbols, like ancient glyphs, adhere to the white space, encoding the day's necessary information: delivery routes, drivers, meal types. For Revelle Gershman -- one of MANNA's longtime volunteers -- organizing...
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Just before taking up his saxophone to play, 16-year-old Jordy Freed looked out at the small cafe packed with people. The audience was a sea of faces, so much so that he couldn't even find his mom. He smiled to himself. All his hard work had definitely paid off. Now he felt free to jam. His band of high school...
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Most of the year, Rabbi Eli Strasberg, director of the Chabad Jewish Center of Delaware County, looks like your typical Lubavitcher: black hat, black coat, long beard, tzitzit out. But during the weeks leading up to Passover, Strasberg, 29, also outfits himself in a crisp white apron and puffy chef's hat. That's because the Philadelphia native and father of three...
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