Sunday, April 20, 2014 Nisan 20, 5774

Rachel Silverman

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When you think of ordinary people performing extraordinary acts, names like Oskar Schindler, Rosa Parks and Yoni Netanyahu might come to mind. These individuals are revered for achieving the monumental: saving more than a thousand Jews from Nazi concentration camps; helping end racial segregation in the Deep South; fighting to the death to rescue hostages as part of the infamous...
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By all accounts, Daniel Aaron led a rich and varied life. An astute businessman, he co-founded Comcast Corporation, one of the largest cable-television providers in the country. A doting father, he raised five children with his wife of more than 50 years, Gerri. And as a committed philanthropist, Aaron started a foundation in Philadelphia for those with Parkinson's disease. Yet...
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It might have been the recent tragedy at Virginia Tech, or the fact that, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, about one in four adults suffers from a diagnosable mental disorder in any given year. Whatever the reason, Monday-night's mental health forum, held at Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El in Wynnewood, garnered an enormous response: Nearly 800 attendees showed...
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Matthew Shein doesn't like to treat food as, well, just food. Instead, he likes to emphasize the word "art" in culinary arts. "I view everything that we do here as an art form," explained Shein, standing over a display of lavish wedding cakes. "A white plate is your canvas, and the main courses -- meat, fish, poultry -- are your...
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For the past 15 years or so, the Torah scroll at Beth Chaim Reform Congregation has been shuttled back and forth between the synagogue's various meeting spots -- which have included a barn, a college Catholic center and several public school buildings, among other locations. Its temporary "home" -- if you can actually call it that -- has most recently...
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