Wednesday, July 30, 2014 Av 3, 5774
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It's pretty standard for synagogues to require a ticket for entry into High Holiday services. But whoever heard of needing tickets for a seat in the sanctuary on a Shabbat morning in mid-August -- up in the Poconos, no less? But things have always operated in a "counterseasonal" manner at Congregation B'nai Harim, a 13-year-old Reform synagogue situated at 1,800...
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Daphna Berman, Jewish Exponent Feature
Michael Kogan has always stopped to help people stranded on the side of the road. But for Kogan, 28, a Ukrainian-born Israeli who relocated to Philadelphia four years ago, the decision to stop and help a stranger on a dark road on April 17 has forever changed his life. "I saw a woman on the side and she looked like...
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Debra Flax, Jewish Exponent Feature
For the third year in a row, Harri Goodwin found a summer escape in Wynnewood. For the 8-year-old from Manhattan, that meant attending a local camp, playing Wii with his summer siblings, walking their dogs and taking excursions with them to the beach. Harri just spent two weeks with Barry and Carrie Jacobson as a beneficiary of the Fresh Air...
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Aaron Passman, Staff Writer
Alex Potashinsky's plans for the upcoming academic year include continuing on in medical school, becoming better acquainted with Philadelphia, and spending copious amounts of time with hard-core intravenous drug-users. It's not that Potashinsky has a habit; it's that the Drexel University medical student was recently named a 2010 Greater Philadelphia Albert Schweitzer Fellow; and along with fellow Drexel med student...
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Debra Flax, Jewish Exponent Feature
Yanay Ben Yosef, now 11, began playing tennis at 6, after his older brother, Rothem, was diagnosed with leukemia (he eventually died of the disease several years later). In an attempt to shield the younger child from the traumas that lay ahead, his parents sent him to a place they knew would provide a safe outlet where he could play...
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