Tuesday, September 30, 2014 Tishri 6, 5775
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Zara Myers, JE Feature
They lived a mile apart growing up in Elkins Park, sharing friends and even being in the same places, but never met. That happened when Bill Kramer and Karen Blum met on a blind date - she a recent graduate of the University of Delaware and he in his first year of law school at the University of Pennsylvania, where...
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A first anniversary for an extended culinary venture
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Chef Matt Becker remembers the first time he asked his boss for schmaltz to make a signature Jewish dish. “I learned a lot of Jewish cuisine through my mother and grandmother,” explains Becker, the chef of Steve Stein’s Famous Deli & Restaurant in Northeast Philadelphia, who grew up not too far from the Krewston Road landmark. “So when I was...
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Sarah Martinez-Helfman's office in the Novacare Complex overlooks the expanse of green field where the Philadelphia Eagles are preparing for the upcoming season. Her room is also cluttered with autographed team memorabilia. Nonetheless, she doesn't want to talk football. During a conversation about her position as executive director of the Eagles Youth Partnership and its work with underprivileged kids, the...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
Amid garbage bags, an old roller skate and a television broken in half - wires frayed in all directions - a gravestone with Hebrew lettering leaned to one side. Most of the words were faded and a piece of the top had been broken off, but at the bottom it still clearly read "5621," the Hebrew year translating to 1860-61...
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Carin M. Smilk, JE Feature
You can glimpse a lot from the inside of a person's home. Art, books, music. Souvenirs and framed photos. An armchair tilted toward the light. A multi-level enclave in the city, within walking distance of cultural sites and the corner grocer. These are the things that are important to Carole Beitchman. These - and education. Beitchman (nee Hamburger) took the...
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