Tuesday, August 4, 2015 Av 19, 5775

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Roy S. Gutterman, JE Feature
After dinner, she lit up, almost by reflex. The restaurant was nice and the conversation interesting enough with a woman I'll call Arella. As we slowly strolled to my car and I disabled the alarm, preparing to open the door for her, she asked, "Do you mind if I smoke in your car?" My answer was that I did. Arella,...
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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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A rabbi and minister transplant sickness into health
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Sally Friedman, JE Feature
Six little words: "I'll give you one of mine." This exchange forever changed the lives of two people -- one a rabbi, another a minister. Rabbi Andrew Bossov, 47, of Temple Adath Emanu-El in Mount Laurel, N.J., and Rev. Karen Onesti, 49, pastor of the Masonville-Rancocas United Methodist Church, were total strangers until four years ago, when both took over...
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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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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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