Thursday, July 24, 2014 Tammuz 26, 5774

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Ryan Teitman
"There's barely a person in this country that hasn't been affected by 9/11," said Rabbi Jay M. Stein of Har Zion Temple in Penn Valley. The congregation hosted "I Love You, Goodbye," a tribute to victims of Sept. 11 during the congregation's Selichot service on Sept. 16. Composers Charles Davidson, former cantor at Congregation Adath Jeshurun in Elkins Park, and...
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During his 43-year tenure as director of the regional chapter of the American Jewish Committee, Murray Friedman fought against anti-Semitism, worked to preserve Philadelphia's Jewish history, strengthened the bonds between Jews and non-Jews, and helped many scholarly projects get off the ground. Although Friedman died in May 2005 at the age of 78, his influence still resonates throughout Philadelphia's Jewish...
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Ryan Teitman
When Varsovia Fernandez came to Philadelphia from the Dominican Republic to attend Rosemont College, a neighboring interfaith Jewish-Catholic couple became her surrogate family. She had fled political turmoil, and her new friends helped her perfect her English skills, and taught her about such things as the Passover seder and the concept of mitzvot. They showed her, she said, a "sense...
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Inside a South Philadelphia shooting range, a man rattles off round after round of ammunition using a high-powered 357 magnum. Just a few lanes away, Sloane Milstein -- equipped with ear muffs and eye protection -- methodically positions her feet, loads a small pellet into an air pistol, then slowly raises her gun straight ahead. With seemingly endless, piercing shots...
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Ryan Teitman
The Galloway, N.J., fifth-grader is curled up on the couch, playing with a doll and whispering into her mother's ear -- a habit from when she first began losing her hearing. Eating certain foods triggered the temporary hearing loss, a medical phenomenon doctors still cannot explain. Though her hearing has returned, the old habit remains. She does not appear to...
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