Wednesday, September 17, 2014 Elul 22, 5774

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A few minutes after sunrise on a recent Thursday, Barry Gesserman arrived at Congregation Beth Hamedrosh, an Orthodox shul in Wynnewood, and took his seat in a long, narrow room as light began filtering in through the floor-to-ceiling windows. Nearly every day for the past 15 years, save for an emergency or a trip out of town, Gesserman has gotten...
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Cnaan Liphshiz and Svetlana Guineva Jewish Telegraphic Agency
SOFIA, Bulgaria Until last week, leaders of Bulgaria's small, placid Jewish community said they felt untouched by hate crimes or terrorism. But after last week's apparent suicide bombing of a bus carrying Israeli tourists in the Black Sea city of Borgas, Jews in the country are speaking of a basic change in their sense of security. "We used to convene...
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Hillel Kuttler , Jewish Exponent Feature
Jason Lezak -- no newcomer to Olympic glory -- recognizes the difficulty in returning to the medal stand at the London Games. "I definitely would hope to ... get onto the podium there and win a medal for the USA," Le­zak, a seven-time Olympic med­alist, said last week from the U.S. swim team's training camp in France. "With Australia, France...
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Neil Rubin, Jewish Telegraphic Agency
Washington It began two years ago as an idea by volunteers at a suburban Jewish community center and turned into a major international campaign, galvanizing everyone from President Barack Obama to the mayor of London. And in case you haven't heard yet about the movement to get the International Olympics Committee to hold a minute of silence to honor the...
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Phyllis Rubin, Jewish Exponent Feature
In 2010, when Hannah Hen­kin was in 10th grade, she was invited to join Israel's under-20 Youth Ultimate (Frisbee) team to compete in the international world championship tournament being held in Germany. She had founded the girls' ultimate team at Radnor High School the year before and loved the sport. But to play for Israel, Hen­kin was required to demonstrate...
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