Thursday, December 18, 2014 Kislev 26, 5775
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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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Ryan Teitman
Residents at the nursing home call Doris Grossmann by many names: the "Shabbas lady," the "challah lady." Some call her "rabbi." She always replies back to them that she's not a rabbi, only a teacher -- a vocation she's held for her entire adult life. Their response: "You are our rabbi." Grossmann volunteers as a parachaplain at Saunders House, a...
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Matthew Shein doesn't like to treat food as, well, just food. Instead, he likes to emphasize the word "art" in culinary arts. "I view everything that we do here as an art form," explained Shein, standing over a display of lavish wedding cakes. "A white plate is your canvas, and the main courses -- meat, fish, poultry -- are your...
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