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Sde Boker, Israel Amer Sweity got a lot of flack when he told friends and family he was leaving Jordan to study water desalination at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. He still remembers his parents' response: "You couldn't find a different place?" "Being here is like a big compromise -- one of the biggest compromises I have made in my...
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The closing of the Stiffel Senior Center in South Philadelphia seems nearly to a done deal, but some of the seniors who think of the place as a second home are holding out hope for a miracle. During a May 6 community meeting attended by about 200 people, the septuagenarians and octogenarians offered boos when officials spoke about the closing,...
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Is it really surprising that Cantor David F. Tilman of Beth Sholom Congregation in Elkins Park, long known for his lilt of a lyric baritone, once had a tryout at the New York Met? Yet he wasn't performing alongside Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti and that other tenor; more like Ron Swoboda, Ed Kranepool and "Marvelous" Marv Throneberry. "I played right...
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Harvey Ballen still considers himself lucky for recovering from a heart attack that sent him to the hospital five years ago. "I came home very clear that I'm not immortal," said the 82-year-old resident of Huntington Valley. With that in mind, he and his wife, Rhoda, downloaded a template for a living will, putting in writing what measures doctors should...
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A few months after Judith Bernstein-Baker had assumed the top post at HIAS and Council Migration Service in 1998, she was working late when the phone rang. She picked up, figuring it must be her husband at that hour. Instead, it was a U.S. customs official at the airport. He had a family there from Kosovo who somehow managed to...
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