Thursday, August 27, 2015 Elul 12, 5775
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The 2011 Philadelphia JCC Maccabi Games had just gotten under way Monday morning, but Harry Cohen, a 14-year-old baseball player from northern New Jersey had already been knocked out of competition. The art competition, that is. The wet weather had put a damper on the baseball tournament, delaying the start by a day. Rather than racing out to the field...
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Inside the Broad Street Ministry in Center City, two wiggling therapy dogs basked in the center of attention. They visit regularly to cheer up the homeless, underemployed and others who come here to eat, shower, mend clothing, make an art project or socialize. At this particular moment, however, a group of 10th graders from Camp Galil made up the majority...
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At first, Hannah Kearney had trouble wrapping her mind around the fact that she was in Israel, especially since she'd spent so much of her time inside a dance studio. But eventually she did take in her surroundings -- the bucolic northernmost portion of the Galilee -- and became as enamored with the scenery as she was with her Israeli...
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Jill Radwin, JE Feature
Lehigh University was so eager to recruit Carli Sukonik for its women's lacrosse team, the coaches switched a planned weekend for potential recruits last year because it conflicted with Rosh Hashanah. "Lehigh's understanding was influential in sealing the deal," said the 18-year-old Penn Valley resident, who will be heading to Lehigh next week to launch her college career. "I didn't...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
With 1,500 athletes and coaches descending on Philadelphia for next week's JCC Maccabi Games, preparations for the Olympic-style competition for Jewish teens is quite an undertaking. Armed with just two paid staffers, some interns and plenty of volunteers, Beth Segal, the games director, and Farrell Borine, executive director of the Kaiserman JCC, are feverishly working out the last-minute details as...
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