Saturday, October 25, 2014 Heshvan 1, 5775

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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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Have yourself a diverse and inclusive holiday, say those who celebrate both
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
The Kesack home in Maple Glen is adorned with a 5-foot-high menorah, dreidels and various other Chanukah paraphernalia. Some of it even hangs along with snowmen and lights on the Christmas tree in the middle of the family's living room. "We do Chanukah, and we do the commercial aspects of Christmas," said Andrea Kesack, who is raising her three young...
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Penn Valley native Jeremy Stadlin, who often goes by his Hebrew name Pesach, is crisscrossing the country in a school bus that's fueled by vegetable oil, but he's not exactly vegging out. The 31-year-old, along with four other staff members of the Teva Learning Center -- a New York-based organization devoted to Jewish environmental education -- is hoping their tour...
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Elyse Glickman, JE Feature
When many Jews think of the Gold Rush, one thing that often comes to mind is Levi Strauss and his watershed invention -- blue jeans. While his fortune is forever associated with San Francisco, it is important to note there were other Jews who traveled west to find gold, but ended up prospering in other ways. Back in 1978, the...
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Daphna Berman, JE Feature
Randee Tecklin attended each of the christening ceremonies for her three grandchildren and has since watched as they've celebrated Christmas and Easter year in and year out. This Friday, she's taking them to a Chanukah party, but navigating the holidays with family -- her daughter-in-law isn't Jewish -- has always been fraught with difficulty. "It's a thin-ice experience," says Tecklin,...
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