Wednesday, October 22, 2014 Tishri 28, 5775
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At the headquarters of the Philadelphia Police Department's SWAT team in Kensington, officer Brian Leventhal sits at a long wooden table with a group of similarly large men sporting close-cropped haircuts, and wearing cargo pants and combat boots. They chow down on meaty hoagies and engage in conversation ranging from international politics to local crime to Philadelphia sports teams. The...
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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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