Tuesday, October 21, 2014 Tishri 27, 5775
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Jordana Jacobs and Bryan Schwartzman
At a time when peace and generosity are the hallmarks of the season, a local community was put to the test when the opposite occurred. After a menorah, part of a holiday display in Cianfrani Park on Eighth and Fitzwater streets in South Philadelphia, was torn down and destroyed Dec. 19, the Bella Vista United Civic Association acted quickly to...
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Barbara Boxer, California's junior Democratic senator, came to town earlier this month with one stated purpose in mind: to promote her new book. But when given the opportunity, the chief deputy Democratic whip urged those in attendance at a Dec. 8 breakfast event that Pennsylvania's junior Republican senator must be beaten at all costs. After reading from A Time to...
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A light, freezing rain had driven nearly everyone underneath the protective awning attached to the Independence Mall Visitors Center. Awaiting the kindling of the 37-foot-tall menorah - which sat next to a scene of the three Magi put up by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia - folks began dancing the hora to Chanukah melodies supplied by a nearby keyboardist. Lois Yampolsky,...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
Aside from his normal intake of between three and 10 cups of coffee per day - most of them decaf - Gene Kestenbaum also spends part of his day "cupping" from new batches of brewed joe regularly. "It's like wine-tasting. We draw it into our mouths and spit it out into a coffee spittoon," explained Kestenbaum, 58, president and CEO...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
A group at Temple Emanuel in Cherry Hill, N.J., has reportedly made history. With participants sprawled out across the synagogue's floor - and some bending over tables - 541 people were able to simultaneously spin their dreidels for 10 seconds, tentatively setting a new world record. The old one, as certified by the Guinness Book of Records, stood at 535...
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