Sunday, March 29, 2015 Nisan 9, 5775

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Aaron Passman, Staff Writer
For decades, relatives and friends of the Altman family have been crowding into Temple Sinai in Dresher to celebrate weddings, Bar Mitzvahs and much more. But on Friday they came to mourn three members of the same family, the local victims of the Aug. 8 mid-air collision over the Hudson River in New York. The tragedy killed Douglas Altman and...
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Daphna Berman, Jewish Exponent Feature
Michael Kogan has always stopped to help people stranded on the side of the road. But for Kogan, 28, a Ukrainian-born Israeli who relocated to Philadelphia four years ago, the decision to stop and help a stranger on a dark road on April 17 has forever changed his life. "I saw a woman on the side and she looked like...
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She didn't know how her friends and colleagues would react to the news. So for several days after Israel launched its incursion into Gaza last winter, Margalit Ziv -- an Israeli Jew who heads the early-childhood department at Al-Qasemi Academy near Netanya, a women's college where Arabs comprise the majority of the faculty and virtually all of the students --...
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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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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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