Monday, August 31, 2015 Elul 16, 5775

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Ryan Teitman
The students tuned violins, cellos and guitars. They assembled trombones and saxophones as they milled about the room. They plucked and tooted on their instruments, individually warming up for what awaited them that particular Sunday morning. But when teacher Rachel Lemisch entered the room, she gathered the disparate players together in a way that made clear that this was a...
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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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