Wednesday, August 20, 2014 Av 24, 5774

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Laurie Adelman Smith had searched for years for the right place to give her three children a Jewish education. The 47-year-old fitness instructor, who'd had little Jewish involvement throughout her own life, had met with several local rabbis, but never felt an intuitive connection to any of them. All that changed, though, when Smith met Shira Stutman, then a student...
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School officials reacted swiftly after a handful of student spectators uttered anti-Semitic chants during a basketball game last week between Lower Merion and Upper Darby high schools. During the closing moments of a Dec. 15 game held at Upper Darby -- a contest Lower Merion won handily -- several parents said that they heard spectators chant, "Warm up the Ovens"...
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George Medovoy, JE Feature
When I tell friends that Montreal is "a very Jewish city," they often give me a rather surprised look, expecting me to say "very French." Well, very French it is -- or, more specifically, Quebeçois, to distinguish it from France -- with an infectious joie de vivre that spills over into so much of life here, especially the arts, the...
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Dr. H. Michael Zal, JE Feature
Are you interested in discovering ways to feel better about yourself? Self-esteem is a big issue out there these days. Negative feelings and distorted perspectives eclipse individuals' potential. Poor self-esteem often goes back to messages people received in childhood. To help my patients grow, I cultivate ways to improve how they feel about themselves, and encourage all of the following...
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George Medovoy, JE Feature
A crowd begins to gather for the famous fish toss -- the main act at the Pike Place Fish Market in Seattle. First, you choose a fish on a bed of ice. Then, one of the fish mongers -- a fellow in rubber overalls who's as much an actor as he is a seller of fish -- calls out to...
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