Friday, July 25, 2014 Tammuz 27, 5774
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Soccer standout Sarah Friedman has visited Israel just once, speaks no Hebrew and admittedly doesn't closely follow the news of the Middle East. But last week, the 22-year-old University of Pennsylvania graduate officially made aliyah. She was motivated less by Zionism than a chance to play professional soccer. The attacking midfielder is set to suit up for ASA Tel Aviv,...
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Robert Strauss
REFLECTIONS One day in the spring of my daughter Ella's fifth-grade year, the dad of one of her friends showed up at our front door unannounced. I suspected the worst: girl backbiting, shoplifting, cheating in school. Little did I know that it was worse than that. It was the Grim Reaper of the B Team crossing our threshold. This dad...
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The 2011 JCC Maccabi Games wrapped up with an Aug. 18 teen dance party at the Franklin Institute. About 1,500 people took part in the festivities. At the end of the evening, Philadelphia officially passed the Maccabi torch to Houston and Rockland County, N.Y. -- the cities that will host next summer's games. Philadelphia teams captured a number of medals:...
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The 2011 Philadelphia JCC Maccabi Games had just gotten under way Monday morning, but Harry Cohen, a 14-year-old baseball player from northern New Jersey had already been knocked out of competition. The art competition, that is. The wet weather had put a damper on the baseball tournament, delaying the start by a day. Rather than racing out to the field...
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Baseball and beer. Baseball and red hots. Baseball and bragging rights. Baseball and -- Jews? It's not such a seventh-inning stretch; in fact, say many, it is -- like Roy Hobbs himself -- a natural. Maybe even biblical? "In the big inning" is the genesis of an old joke that goes back possibly to when the earth was created. Or,...
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