Tuesday, October 21, 2014 Tishri 27, 5775

Simon's Fund honors a tot whose sudden death has long-lasting impact on research
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Rachel Vigoda
Simon Prushan, 12, is getting ready for his Bar Mitzvah this fall. He's learning the aliyahs, practicing his Haftorah portion -- and setting up heart screenings for students in the Radnor School District. For his mitzvah project, recommended for all Bar Mitzvah-age members of Main Line Reform Temple, Beth Elohim in Wynnewood, Prushan teamed up with Simon's Fund (simonsfund.org) ,...
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Home of the Nobel Prizes -- and Raoul Wallenberg -- cuts a grand global profile
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Sharon McDonnell, Jewish Exponent Feature
Sweden's stylish capital of steeples and spires, gracefully spanning 14 different islands, is finally having its close-up, thanks to the year's sensational best-sellers, the sizzling Girl With the Dragon Tattoo series, and the three movies based upon them. Travelers can visit real-life locations in the books about investigative journalist Mikael Blomqvist and the brilliant tattooed hacker Lisbeth Salander, by the...
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The teacher grew up in a secular Jewish home in Liverpool, England, before embracing Jewish law and becoming an Orthodox rabbi. The student was raised in a Reform household in Connecticut, and disassociated himself from Judaism as a teen before toying with atheism and Buddhism. Now, he's trying to meld East and West, and is enrolled at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical...
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Allen Shawn's 'Twin' deals with his autistic sister, or is it a mirror to his prominent family?
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Rachel Vigoda, Jewish Exponent Feature
Allen Shawn just came out with Twin: A Memoir , his second deeply personal book about his life and family. But neither manuscript was supposed to be a memoir. The first, Wish I Could Be There: Notes From a Phobic Life , chronicled Shawn's struggle with agoraphobia, among other fears. "I don't like heights," he wrote. "I don't like being...
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Florida's famous islands unlock a sense of adventure
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Sharon McDonnell, Jewish Exponent Feature
One of the best ways to commune with nature in the necklace of 800 or so islands called the Florida Keys is by plying its waterways. That's why I was kayaking the Key West back country in the still waters of Cow Key Channel with a guide, whose Australian shepherd, Tucker, lay in the front of the boat, only his...
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