Friday, July 11, 2014 Tammuz 13, 5774

By:
Mara Sokolsky, JE Feature
It's been a sobering week. I paid two shivah calls and attended the yahrzeit gathering for a friend who died several years ago of cancer. The expression " Nor oif simchas /(We should meet) only at happy occasions" came to mind as I entered yet another house with the dining-room table overloaded with sweets and an adult child perched forlornly...
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By:
Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg, JE Feature
Alana Weiner, a senior at the University of Pennsylvania, is standing up for Israel by attempting to increase its visibility on campus, and thereby heighten an appreciation of the country's many achievements among her fellow students. She plans to do this thanks to a new fellowship program developed by a group called StandWithUs. StandWithUs is an international, nonprofit, Israel education...
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By:
Diana Aydin, JE Feature
When Dana Hilmer gave birth to her first child, Zach, in 2000, she was anxious, like many another mother, about breastfeeding in public. It wasn't unusual for her to escape to a bathroom when it came time to nurse. "I would constantly remove myself from situations, and go hang out in the car or go hang out in the bathroom,"...
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This is the time of year when the winter blues are setting in for many in the Rust Belt, which always means big business for winter beach destinations. It's usually not hard to spot those who've been sun-starved all winter, as they may be getting off airplanes in Philadelphia in shorts when arriving home to temperatures in the teens. The...
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Should Pennsylvanians be more optimistic about he housing market?
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Ben G. Frank , JE Feature
It is said that "home ownership is one of the key steps to financial security and the realization of the 'American Dream.' " That's the Pennsylvania Association of Mortgage Brokers talking. Considering that 63 percent of all Americans are homeowners, and that buying a home is the single most important financial decision a person will ever make, there is a...
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