Sunday, December 28, 2014 Tevet 6, 5775
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Ryan Teitman
Fred Blum rifles through records at the National Archives, the Pennsylvania Historical Society, the Philadelphia Free Library and the Philadelphia City Archives. He scours official Census records. He finds the links that others missed in the nooks and crannies of history. And he puts these sleuthing and research skills to good use as someone who helps the Red Cross reunite...
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It seems that Darfur makes the news on a regular basis these days, but what of other locales in the world's second-largest continent? What of, say, Botswana? Just this month, in fact, a delegation from the sub-Saharan African nation -- including Loeto Mazhani, deputy secretary of Botswana's Ministry of Health; Esther Moaro, the chief nursing officer in the Ministry of...
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Many acrobats can stand on their head, do a split or stretch their legs far behind their heads, but it's a safe bet that most don't try to teach Jewish topics in the process. Yet Lisa Appel is not your average acrobat. At a typical show, the 32-year-old uses circus arts like tumbling, contortion, dancing and juggling to entertain her...
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Ryan Teitman
Darby Leigh has been an actor, a social worker and a student of comparative religions. But one thing he never thought he could possibly be is a rabbi, and for one reason: He is profoundly deaf. But the 33-year-old is now in his fifth year of the six-year rabbinical program at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote, and has been...
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There are some weeks when Fred Siegel severs his arm three, four times on average. While blood oozes out across the stage, Siegel, playing a mad scientist named Dr. Zombini, hums a little "dismemberment music" -- the Frank Sinatra hit "I've Got You Under My Skin." Pretty unusual schtik for a university professor. But Siegel, 46, has plenty of tricks...
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