Wednesday, May 6, 2015 Iyyar 17, 5775

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Aaron Passman
The games are coming to Philadelphia in 2011. No, not the Olympics or the World Cup, not the Super Bowl or the Final Four, either. We're talking the annual JCC Maccabi Games, which are set to make a return visit to the area next August. Organizers expect them to attract about 1,000 athletes worldwide between the ages of 13 and...
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Aaron Passman
To most people, the idea of sitting around and waiting for the phone to ring probably sounds like a fate worse than death. However, most people aren't Linda Roth. For more than two decades, she's made it her life's work to answer all kinds of questions over the phone. Roth is the director of Philadelphia's Jewish Information & Referral Service,...
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While the race for the Democratic nomination for governor hasn't exactly hit the intensity of March Madness, this contest has also come down to the final four. Most observers agree that, of the remaining contenders, the two candidates from Pittsburgh -- Allegheny County executive Dan Onorato and Auditor General Jack Wagner -- are the top seeds. But both State Sen...
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Jared Shelly
It's easy to miss Harvey Pollack on TV, even though at this time of year, he's on almost every night. If you've watched a 76ers home game this year -- or any year of your life, for that matter -- you may have noticed the white-haired fellow in the background, sitting at the center of the scorer's table -- so...
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Aaron Passman
As students trudged their way down Locust Walk to classes on a chilly Monday morning last week, University of Pennsylvania freshman Eliana Holm was trying to ply her fellow students with hot coffee and blue-sprinkled kosher cookies, all in the name of Israel. "Israel loves coffee, and so do you," she hollered, doing her best to attract passers-by to the...
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