Sunday, September 25, 2016 Elul 22, 5776

From bagels to Bolsheviks: Summertime for Dubcek and Czechoslovakia?
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Jelena Kopanja
The Museum of Communism rents its space from McDonald's, on one of the busiest streets in Prague. Its neighbor, on the first floor of a beautiful Baroque building, is a casino. Haphazardly thrown into the corners of its rooms are artifacts from the communist years of the former Czechoslovakia (today's Czech Republic): pieces of Soviet airplanes, propaganda posters, a time...
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When practice, practice, practice has nothing to do with Carnegie Hall
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Rachel Vigoda, JE Feature
Dr. Jonathan Grayson tells his patients to go take a hike -- and very often, it works. For almost 30 years, Grayson, head of the Anxiety & OCD Treatment Center of Philadelphia, has been leading obsessive-compulsive-disorder sufferers on annual camping trips. Members of Grayson's OCD support group, GOAL (Giving Obsessive-Compulsives Another Lifestyle), tackle their anxieties head on by trekking through...
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The Lokoff Early Learning Center, a Federation Early Learning Services facility, has opened its doors in a brand-new setting -- 7002 Butler Pike in Ambler. Parents are invited to meet center director Amy Wertkin and visit classrooms during one of two open houses: Sunday, Aug. 15, 10 a.m. to noon; and Wednesday, Aug. 18, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Parking...
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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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