Wednesday, October 1, 2014 Tishri 7, 5775

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Meryl Harrison Joblin
FIRST PERSON It was my father who entered me in the "Farrah Fawcett Look-Alike Contest." But it was me who paraded around the Phillies baseball diamond with thousands of other young blondish women sporting skimpy outfits and flowing manes. It was the summer of 1977, and I was 25, with a 1-year-old son in a stroller wheeled by my husband,...
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Rabbi Ira F. Stone can cite one reason why Conservative congregations have been losing ground to their Reform and Reconstructionist counterparts: Many people perceive them as less open to intermarried families. Stone, the religious leader of Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel in Center City, believes that Conservative shuls need to become more welcoming not only because it's the right thing to...
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Aaron Passman, Staff Writer
The temperature on the morning of June 28 hovered just below 80°, but that wasn't the number B'nai B'rith Perlman Camp staffers were interested in. As children from across the Philadelphia region gathered in the parking lot of the Plymouth Meeting Mall to board the one bus headed to the Poconos camp, the eager youngsters were met by camp officials...
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Aaron Passman, Staff Writer
Craig Hoffman is headed back to Israel because of some unfinished business. The Berwyn resident served as head coach of the United States' rowing team at the 1997 World Maccabiah Games in Israel when tragedy struck. A pedestrian bridge over Tel Aviv's Yarkon River collapsed during the opening ceremonies, killing four Australian athletes. Though the games went on and the...
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Aaron Passman, Staff Writer
For siblings Josh and Tracy Bienenfeld, playing in the World Maccabiah Games will be a sort of reunion. The two haven't been around one another as teammates "since I was a freshman in high school and she was a senior, and we played on the same co-ed team," said Josh, age 21. The Huntingdon Valley natives will compete on the...
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