Tuesday, January 27, 2015 Shevat 7, 5775

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Even before the $12 million, 35,000-square-foot Steinhardt Hall had officially opened more than three years ago on the University of Pennsylvania campus -- replacing a cramped, outdated brick structure -- Rabbi Howard Alpert, executive director of Hillel of Greater Philadelphia, declared that the next big building project would happen on the other side of the Schuylkill, at North Philadelphia's Temple...
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Over the years, 33-year-old Dan Rootenberg has participated in every kind of baseball tryout imaginable -- from 1995 spring training with the New York Mets to minor league squads to a team in Zurich, Switzerland. But he said he'd never seen a tryout quite like the one in Massachusetts back in August. From a baseball perspective, things seemed pretty routine:...
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Andrew Lasner, JE Feature
Fueled by rising home values, larger sales forces and increased consumer acceptance, the number of federally insured reverse mortgages made in the United States in 2006 grew by 77 percent, according to the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association. "More seniors are recognizing that traditional retirements tools, such as IRAs, pensions and 401(k)s, are not providing sufficient income to help fund...
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It sounds like Spanish at first, but listen harder. The six students in Daisy Braverman's class are speaking a mostly dormant language -- Ladino. Invented by Jews in Spain, the idiom -- also known as Judeo-Spanish -- infused Hebrew elements into Castilian Spanish. Like Yiddish, Ladino provided Jews a vocabulary for daily usage outside of Hebrew, which was reserved for...
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Ryan Teitman
For Elin Danien, helping women attend college and earn a degree has been a personal crusade. That's because she understands the challenges of going to school while balancing a job and a family. After navigating careers in theater, advertising and museum work, she decided at age 46 to attend the University of Pennsylvania and finally get her B.A. With her...
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