Tuesday, October 21, 2014 Tishri 27, 5775

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Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg, JE Feature
"I always knew something was wrong with Robyn," Hillary Walter of Elkins Park said of her "smart, friendly, sweet, outgoing" daughter -- a twin -- who didn't speak until she was 3. Then, about a year-and-a-half ago, the child was diagnosed with a form of autism. "It's very hard sometimes," said Walter, especially when trying to explain to other parents...
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Philadelphia will soon join the more than 40 communities across the globe that host Limmud learning festivals. More than 70 top-ranked, nationally recognized Jewish authors, artists, educators, philosophers, journalists, rabbis and scientists will share their knowledge with new and seasoned Jewish learners on Feb. 21 and Feb. 22 at the Gershman Y and University of the Arts. LimmudPhilly, which is...
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New breast-cancer initiative finds a home with Yad B'Yad
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Frank Rosci, JE Feature
In an atmosphere that was upbeat and inspiring -- with breast-cancer survivors, caregivers and well-wishers on hand -- the Jewish Family and Children's Service of Greater Philadelphia recently launched its new breast-cancer initiative, Yad B'Yad ("Hand in Hand"). Each of the 40 women in attendance received a small shopping bag containing information about the program, in addition to a telling...
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While the Philadelphia region was not hit nearly as hard by Bernard Madoff's alleged $50 billion Ponzi scheme as other regions -- New York City, say, or Palm Beach, Fla. -- several dozen area individuals, estates and family trusts turned up on a court document, released last week, that painted a fuller picture of those who fell victim to the...
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Mara Sokolsky, JE Feature
Jews in Yiddish-speaking lands didn't cross borders; they stole them. Slipping across a country's boundaries was known as ganvenen dem grenetz/ stealing the border. Ganvenen has the same root as ganif , or "thief." It's an interesting linguistic window into how fraught with danger moving from place to place could be. We Jews have a long history of being treated...
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