Saturday, April 18, 2015 Nisan 29, 5775
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Aaron Passman
Standing in a circle of light on a small, bare stage, Greg Aguela told an audience of nearly 50 people how he'd found God at the Western Wall. "It wasn't necessarily cool to be a Jew" growing up, he explained in a rhythmic, spoken-word piece. Aguela told how he never particularly embraced or identified with his own Jewish heritage, but...
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Jared Shelly, Jewish Exponent Feature
Sixty years ago, there was a center on the Overbrook High School basketball team wowing the crowds and breaking Philadelphia scoring records with his dominating play inside. No, it wasn't Wilt Chamberlin, the 7-foot, 1-inch monster who would become one of the greatest players in the National Basketball Association. He came later. A few years earlier, in 1947, one of...
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Jerry "Dutch" Forstater knows a thing or two about security. The 54-year-old native of the Olney section of Philadelphia has designed surveillance and communications systems for correctional facilities, courthouses, government buildings, hospitals and even nuclear power plants. Professional Systems Engineering, the Lansdale-based firm that he founded in 1986, is also currently a consultant for "perimeter security" at the Philadelphia International...
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Members of Congregation Mishkan Shalom's Israel Committee hope that by choosing to display the works of both Israeli and Palestinian artists in their synagogue, they can help further a communal dialogue about the troubled state of Middle East peace efforts, and perhaps focus the discussion on the hardships that the ongoing conflict imposes on both parties. "Both Sides of Peace,"...
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Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg
Elkins Park resident and 2007 Cheltenham High School graduate Saul Zebovitz said he was looking for a different way to spend his summer before heading off to Dartmouth College in New Hampshire in the fall. Zebovitz noted that he accomplished numerous things in high school -- he became an Eagle Scout, was active in United Synagogue Youth and earned a...
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