Sunday, July 13, 2014 Tammuz 15, 5774

By:
Aaron Passman, Staff Writer
Who's up for a victory lap? Thousands of athletes from more than 60 nations competed in the 18th World Maccabiah Games in Israel, the quadrennial "Jewish Olympics," which ran from July 12 to July 23. The games had a number of highlights, not least of which were the participation by Olympic swimmer Jason Lezak, who won two gold medals, and...
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Lauren Kramer, Jewish Exponent Feature
If you want to brush up on your Klingon, Vulcan is the place to do it. Vulcan, Alberta, that is. The small farming community of 2,000 was facing extinction back when "Star Trek" first appeared on TV screens worldwide in the 1960s. Many of its grain elevators had succumbed to fire or been torn down, and town residents were concerned...
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By:
Frank Rosci, Jewish Exponent Feature
The debate over the possible/probable mercury contamination of seafood rages on in scientific, medical, governmental, consumer-protection and seafood-industry circles, with no clear end in sight. The nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom, in Washington, D.C., for example, has accused the U.S. Geological Survey of conducting a misleading study, published in May 2009, about mercury in the Pacific Ocean. The dispute centers...
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North Korea talks of bombs; South Korea of bonhomie
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Elyse Glickman, Jewish Exponent Feature
While frightening news comes out of North Korea these days, things are different for American visitors to South Korea, where the Korean Tourism Organization's global campaign can be brilliantly summed up in a single word: sparkling. Avid shoppers need not know how to read or speak Korean to intuit that South Koreans want to present their nation as an enchanted...
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By:
Fredda Sacharow, JE Feature
If job-related woes are keeping area residents closer to home these days, one travel agency said that it's not feeling much of a pinch and has particularly continued to book trips to Israel. "Recession? You can't tell by this office, that's for sure," said Susan Blum, manager of the Israel Department for Gil Travel, which has offices in Philadelphia; Miami;...
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