Thursday, November 27, 2014 Kislev 5, 5775

By:
Allison Kaplan Sommer, JE Feature
The basketball practice is intense, as the women of the Israeli professional basketball team, Elitzur Ramle, listen to the play their coach is explaining in his accented English. He counts down the clock as they pass the ball skillfully, setting up the team for a three-point shot. "Three, two, one," he counts, and -- swoosh -- the ball goes through...
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Long a friend of the Jewish woman, mah-jongg makes its move
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Lisa Schiffman, JE Feature
Men have their poker, their blackjack. Couples dally with bridge and pinochle. And women, well, for a long time now, women have made a little more noise with their game of choice. They have mah-jongg. "Mah-jongg is my passion," says Selma Abramowitz, 81, who looks forward to her twice-weekly mah-jongg games at the Klein JCC with other veteran players; she...
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Or not so small: Getting some assistance to pay for heat or medicine is crucial for seniors
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Marilyn Kaplan had shed weight precipitously in the months following her cancer diagnosis and needed to take in more calories in order to have the strength to withstand months of chemotherapy. The problem: Pricey nutritional supplements that help with weight gain typically aren't covered by insurance. "They're very expensive, and I couldn't afford it," said the 76-year-old resident of Northeast...
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By:
Lauren Kramer, JE Feature
It's been called America's fastest growing Jewish community, a city that's home to some 70,000 Jews, up from 20,000 just 15 years ago. Las Vegas may seem like an odd place for spirituality, but it boasts 23 synagogues and four mikvahs within a short drive of the Strip. Numbers it may have, but the rate of Jewish affiliation with area...
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By:
Rachel Vigoda, JE Feature
The vampire craze has gone one step too far. Blood-sucking bedbugs are back -- and in a big way. "This is something that really hasn't been here for over 40 years, and now cases are doubling every month," says Mark Coopersmith, manager of Peerless Pest Control in Olney, a family business that opened in 1951. "It's already been stated that...
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