Sunday, December 28, 2014 Tevet 6, 5775
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"Come on!" Mike Zukerman shouted sternly to himself after his errant shot floated several inches past the end of the table, then bounced off the floor. After a few seconds, the sounds of the game resumed and once again filled the basement room of the Jewish Community Centers Klein Branch in Northeast Philadelphia: Feet shuffled and sneakers squeaked while the...
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When Jen Goldstein heard Monday night's winter storm warning, she knew exactly what she had to do. The Art Museum-area resident strapped on her in-line skates and headed straight for Fairmont Park. After all, significant snowfall - which at least on Monday proved fleeting - could keep the skate-instructor off the river paths for days. She just had to get...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
After years of practicing his moves and refining his specific technique, Jake Wischnia, 16, should have been eagerly anticipating his first international fencing match, just hours away. Instead, he was panicking. The airline that had taken the Wyncote native all the way to Budapest, Hungary, had also lost his fencing equipment. He was left with nothing: no helmet, no padding,...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
As a lone hockey player races toward him moving the puck swiftly from side to side, goalie Eden Nemenoff positions himself in front of the net, ready to make a save. He knows that underneath his blue-and-white Israeli Junior National Hockey Team jersey - complete with a large Star of David on the front - he's just a 16-year-old kid...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
When 32-year-old Deena Kastor lined up among the sea of runners outside of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, she felt that her body was in record-breaking condition. "It was my plan going into the race," said the runner, whose race time of one hour, seven minutes and 53 seconds in the Jefferson Hospital Philadelphia Distance Run set a new American...
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