Wednesday, April 16, 2014 Nisan 16, 5774

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Aaron Passman, Staff Writer
Alex Potashinsky's plans for the upcoming academic year include continuing on in medical school, becoming better acquainted with Philadelphia, and spending copious amounts of time with hard-core intravenous drug-users. It's not that Potashinsky has a habit; it's that the Drexel University medical student was recently named a 2010 Greater Philadelphia Albert Schweitzer Fellow; and along with fellow Drexel med student...
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Debra Flax, Jewish Exponent Feature
Yanay Ben Yosef, now 11, began playing tennis at 6, after his older brother, Rothem, was diagnosed with leukemia (he eventually died of the disease several years later). In an attempt to shield the younger child from the traumas that lay ahead, his parents sent him to a place they knew would provide a safe outlet where he could play...
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Eager individuals seek info far and wide about their extended families
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Hillel Kuttler, Jewish Exponent Feature
Soon after Laurel Katz moved from Los Angeles to South Philadelphia three years ago, she began investigating her local roots. She joined the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Philadelphia, and at meetings wore a badge reading "Magen," the surname adopted by her great-great-grandfather Samuel -- Shmuel Megadenke in Ukraine -- when he moved to the city in 1904. A genealogy...
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Sipping on a glass of red wine and working the room at the Philadelphia Downtown Marriott in Center City, 37-year-old David Litvak introduced himself as the Jewish lawmaker from Utah. Indeed, the Democratic minority whip happens to be the only Jewish member of the Utah House of Representatives; needless to say, he's the only rep who keeps kosher. Litvak was...
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Aaron Passman, Staff Writer
Who's up for a victory lap? Thousands of athletes from more than 60 nations competed in the 18th World Maccabiah Games in Israel, the quadrennial "Jewish Olympics," which ran from July 12 to July 23. The games had a number of highlights, not least of which were the participation by Olympic swimmer Jason Lezak, who won two gold medals, and...
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