Tuesday, September 16, 2014 Elul 21, 5774

Jared Shelly

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Many acrobats can stand on their head, do a split or stretch their legs far behind their heads, but it's a safe bet that most don't try to teach Jewish topics in the process. Yet Lisa Appel is not your average acrobat. At a typical show, the 32-year-old uses circus arts like tumbling, contortion, dancing and juggling to entertain her...
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Over the years, 33-year-old Dan Rootenberg has participated in every kind of baseball tryout imaginable -- from 1995 spring training with the New York Mets to minor league squads to a team in Zurich, Switzerland. But he said he'd never seen a tryout quite like the one in Massachusetts back in August. From a baseball perspective, things seemed pretty routine:...
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After being overseas for four months -- and getting just five hours sleep during the span of about two days of travel -- 17-year-old Rena Asher longed for the comforts of home. She had it all figured out: "Saying 'hi' to my dog and cat -- and my bed," said Asher, after she'd returned from a semester-long stay in Israel...
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Back when she was a freshman during the 2003-04 season, Samantha Cramer got a chance to play alongside Memmie Lindemann, and loved watching the senior run the offense and provide the bulk of the scoring for the Akiba Hebrew Academy girl's basketball team. Lindemann went on to score the most points in school history. But once she graduated, the job...
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After the Abington Friends School basketball team plays its final game of the season in February, many of the players will have to find something else to do in their off-time. But not 17-year-old junior Bryan Cohen, who will actually be looking ahead to much more basketball. Cohen will eventually be moving on to a summer-long season with the Huntington...
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