Thursday, November 27, 2014 Kislev 5, 5775
Ethel Hamburger, 82, running 'marathon'
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Rachel Vigoda, JE Feature
Rachel Vigoda Jewish Exponent Feature Ethel Hamburger has always relied on the kindness of strangers. After almost a year of writing letters, hanging posters, handing out pamphlets and calling up everyone she knows -- plus plenty of people she doesn't -- Hamburger, 82, is expecting 500 people at the benefit race www.martinsrun.org she's hosting this weekend to raise money for...
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An Afghani Rosh Hashanah
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Avi Behar, JE Feature
Who would have thought that Afghanistan would be a place of unity for Jews? A few weeks ago I came across a flyer posted in the local chapel with times for services for every Christian denomination possible. A few hours later a thought of "Hey, why not" came across my mind. So, I walked and took a second glance. To...
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On Yom Kippur, for the first time in his life, work kept Avi Behar from going to shul. Instead, the 23-year-old lieutenant from Cherry Hill, N.J., commanded a convoy mission in western Afghanistan. In lieu of services, he wore a camouflage kipah and paused during breaks to read from a matching, army-issued prayerbook, he said. It was nothing like home,...
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A little over a year after Howard Fischer's daughter returned from a 10-day, whirlwind Birthright Israel trip, the organization invited the Philadelphia businessman to a fundraising presentation. Fischer, president of an executive search firm, said he's a longtime supporter of Birthright's mission but hadn't been compelled to put such support into dollars until he heard the impact of the experience...
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On a recent summer day, Rabbi Shloime Isaacson received an urgent call: A 98-year-woman was having difficulty breathing. Isaacson was on his way to a meeting with a potential donor for a summer-camp program connected with his Northeast Philadelphia Orthodox shul, but he quickly took a detour. He was only about a mile from the woman's home, so he sped...
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