Monday, February 8, 2016 Shevat 29, 5776

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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
Rebecca Karp's not your typical Jewish organizational employee. During the day, she works as assistant director of the Philadelphia/Southern New Jersey regional office of the American Jewish Committee. As night falls, she returns to her current digs at Philadelphia's Moishe House, one of a network of residences that bring together young adults from different backgrounds to create their version of...
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Rachel Vigoda, JE Feature
Laya Bitman is expecting 75 people at her family reunion in Baltimore this weekend. The other 15,925 can't make it. For the past 17 years, Bitman has been constructing her family tree, tying together 16,000 relatives from Philadelphia, where she grew up, and Baltimore, where she now lives, as well as New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Virginia, Georgia, Florida,...
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Dressed in a hijab, Sarah Shiha, a 22-year-old Egyptian who hopes to one day preach the Koran on the airwaves, declares a desire to study Torah. But before her recent visit to Philadelphia, she'd never even met a Jew. Now, after participating in a five-week seminar on democracy and religious pluralism for students from the Arab world that included several...
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A new survey shows that diabetic individuals who live in a hot climate have important gaps in their "heat awareness," or knowledge about proper diabetes self-care in hot weather, even though diabetes raises their risk of heat illness. Researchers from the Mayo Clinic in Arizona, in collaboration with the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration and the National Weather Service, surveyed...
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Record temperatures bring disturbing news reports of heat-related deaths and the familiar calls to seek shade, limit outside work and drink large quantities of water. But experts caution that water alone may not be sufficient and, in fact, could actually increase your risk of severe heat-related injuries. According to Dr. David McCarron, adjunct professor at University of California Davis, "You...
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