Wednesday, July 1, 2015 Tammuz 14, 5775

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While many freshman softball players have to sit on the bench for a year or two before earning a spot on most high school rosters, 15-year-old Natalie Klotz has managed to bypass the entire process, and has quickly emerged as a leader at the Springside School in Chestnut Hill. The squad's only freshman, she has pitched virtually every inning of...
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Maybe it's the royal-blue jersey with white lettering. Or maybe it's the site of a tall, Jewish, left-handed pitcher wearing a cap displaying a finely etched "B," throwing with speed and movement that has made people say that Jesse Steinberg, 17, slightly resembles Brooklyn Dodgers legend Sandy Kofax. A 6-foot-1-inch senior at Bodine High School for International Affairs in Northern...
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West Philadelphia native Harry Azoff recalls exactly where he was on May 15, 1948 -- the day that David Ben-Gurion read Israel's Declaration of Independence, creating the first Jewish state in more than 2,000 years. On that day, the now 83-year-old was nowhere near Tel Aviv; nevertheless, he retains vivid memories of the historic moment -- memories that educators thought...
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Fred D. Snitzer, JE Feature
In the zeitgeist of contemporary America, anger and outrage are the currency of the day. Particularly ripe for attack are large corporations, which are picked off like low-hanging fruit by media-starved politicians and talking heads on TV. Whether these attacks come from the ratings-driven populism of a Lou Dobbs, the anti-business nostalgia of a Pat Buchanan or the left-wing socialism...
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It's a Costa Rican trip that's just teeming with adventurous teens
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Patricia Kutza, JE Feature
If managing travel-related minutiae gets you down, you can take solace in the fact that even seasoned tour operators feel challenged juggling the details. When tour operator Lisa Schachter-Brooks decided to build a Jewish-centric tour that would depart from the norm, she knew she had her work cut out for her. Studying with world-class teachers at the Israel-based Melitz Center...
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