Saturday, April 25, 2015 Iyyar 6, 5775

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Seventeen years after the creation of his Shoah Foundation, Steven Spielberg says he never thought his project to record the stories of survivors would have such a profound impact. "I never even imagined I would get Holocaust survivors to share their experiences that they wouldn't even share with their children and grandchildren," the renowned director told the Exponent in a...
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Sde Boker, Israel Amer Sweity got a lot of flack when he told friends and family he was leaving Jordan to study water desalination at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. He still remembers his parents' response: "You couldn't find a different place?" "Being here is like a big compromise -- one of the biggest compromises I have made in my...
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The closing of the Stiffel Senior Center in South Philadelphia seems nearly to a done deal, but some of the seniors who think of the place as a second home are holding out hope for a miracle. During a May 6 community meeting attended by about 200 people, the septuagenarians and octogenarians offered boos when officials spoke about the closing,...
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Is it really surprising that Cantor David F. Tilman of Beth Sholom Congregation in Elkins Park, long known for his lilt of a lyric baritone, once had a tryout at the New York Met? Yet he wasn't performing alongside Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti and that other tenor; more like Ron Swoboda, Ed Kranepool and "Marvelous" Marv Throneberry. "I played right...
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Harvey Ballen still considers himself lucky for recovering from a heart attack that sent him to the hospital five years ago. "I came home very clear that I'm not immortal," said the 82-year-old resident of Huntington Valley. With that in mind, he and his wife, Rhoda, downloaded a template for a living will, putting in writing what measures doctors should...
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