Thursday, December 8, 2016 Kislev 8, 5777

Simon's Fund honors a tot whose sudden death has long-lasting impact on research
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Rachel Vigoda
Simon Prushan, 12, is getting ready for his Bar Mitzvah this fall. He's learning the aliyahs, practicing his Haftorah portion -- and setting up heart screenings for students in the Radnor School District. For his mitzvah project, recommended for all Bar Mitzvah-age members of Main Line Reform Temple, Beth Elohim in Wynnewood, Prushan teamed up with Simon's Fund (simonsfund.org) ,...
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Young professionals and college students still thirsty for learning after Limmud can find all sorts of "Topics on Tap" brewing at a Center City bar. For 10 weeks this spring, participants cram into the upstairs room at the Raven Lounge for free sessions on subjects ranging the gamut of Jewish life. The program has evolved since it started 21/2 years...
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Time seemed to slow as a lone actor in a stained tallis commanded the Gershman Y auditorium, beseeching God -- in Yiddish -- not to break the souls of his people as they died fighting the Nazis in the Warsaw ghetto. An hour later, the somber mood lifted as a Turkish/Eastern European-infused harmonica ensemble took over the stage. This was...
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Susan Perloff
Sonia and Joseph Weissman wake early on Wednesday to attend 8 a.m. minyan at the Flamingo Beach Resort, in Simpson Bay, St. Maarten. The Weissmans, of the Hillcrest section of Queens, are not the only vacationers among the 20 Jews in attendance. In this half-Dutch (St. Maarten), half-French (St. Martin) Caribbean island, daily minyan began at the beginning of January...
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Allen Shawn's 'Twin' deals with his autistic sister, or is it a mirror to his prominent family?
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Rachel Vigoda, Jewish Exponent Feature
Allen Shawn just came out with Twin: A Memoir , his second deeply personal book about his life and family. But neither manuscript was supposed to be a memoir. The first, Wish I Could Be There: Notes From a Phobic Life , chronicled Shawn's struggle with agoraphobia, among other fears. "I don't like heights," he wrote. "I don't like being...
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