Friday, July 3, 2015 Tammuz 16, 5775

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Mordechai Shinefield, JE Feature
When the Philadelphia Phillies called him up from the minors in mid-August, Michael Schwimer joined an elite group with a tiny membership -- Major League Baseball's small band of Jewish players. Now, with the Phillies on deck to start the post-season on Saturday, Schwimer won't have the chance to fulfill his dream of contributing to his team in the playoffs...
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DNR and its life/death arguments persist
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Diane McManus, JE Feature
It seemed as if the patient would die. Awaiting a heart transplant, he developed an infection and was in a drug-induced coma, on a ventilator. He went into cardiac arrest, received CPR and was stabilized. Even so, his fate appeared dire. Yet, a year later, the doctor, expecting to find the same patient in that same gray territory between life...
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Soccer standout Sarah Friedman has visited Israel just once, speaks no Hebrew and admittedly doesn't closely follow the news of the Middle East. But last week, the 22-year-old University of Pennsylvania graduate officially made aliyah. She was motivated less by Zionism than a chance to play professional soccer. The attacking midfielder is set to suit up for ASA Tel Aviv,...
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Rachel Vigoda, JE Feature
When Chad Gordon was a third-year medical student at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine back in 2001, he sent a letter to every plastic surgery department in the country asking if he could come spend a few months doing research. Only two responded. One, at UCLA, turned him down. Fortunately for Gordon, the other was at Massachusetts General, the hospital...
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Philly and Israel go to bat to battle Lou Gehrig's disease
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Elyse Glickman, JE Feature
As the 2011 baseball season speeds toward its conclusion, thoughts often turn to past seasons and baseball greats. Though the legendary Lou Gehrig was a New York Yankee, his ultimate legacy is a continued awareness of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, the ultimately fatal nerve disease which affects and disrupts voluntary muscle control) that cut his life short -- and a...
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