Sunday, September 21, 2014 Elul 26, 5774

Jared Shelly

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During a youth basketball championship played on the Philadelphia 76ers home court at the Wachovia Center, many team members were in awe of stepping out onto an actual NBA surface. But 16-year-old Chase Freezman was inspired for a different reason: It made him think of his father. "He brought me to Sixers games when I was younger. We always had...
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t's rare that a 15-year-old freshman gets to take the reins of a prominent high school basketball team, but that's exactly what happened to Jesse Krasna at Pennsbury High School this season. With two guards nursing injuries, the muscular, 5-foot-11-incher was named starting point guard during the season's opener -- and given the task of controlling the offense on the...
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With muggings making headlines, seniors seek safer measures
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Walking from his car to a South Philadelphia senior center, David Welsh, then in his mid- 80s, felt someone grab him from behind. Before he knew it, he was thrown to the ground, and a man was ripping his pants pocket and then stealing his wallet. "I couldn't do anything," said Welsh, now 88, recalling when he was attacked outside...
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While many American Jews will spend Passover in neighborhood synagogues or seated around the tables of family or friends, some others will attempt to celebrate the holiday in the war-torn nations of Iraq or Afghanistan. To help provide these soldiers with a meaningful experience, members of the Jewish War Veterans of the United States packaged and shipped Passover baskets to...
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Just before taking up his saxophone to play, 16-year-old Jordy Freed looked out at the small cafe packed with people. The audience was a sea of faces, so much so that he couldn't even find his mom. He smiled to himself. All his hard work had definitely paid off. Now he felt free to jam. His band of high school...
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