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After being overseas for four months -- and getting just five hours sleep during the span of about two days of travel -- 17-year-old Rena Asher longed for the comforts of home. She had it all figured out: "Saying 'hi' to my dog and cat -- and my bed," said Asher, after she'd returned from a semester-long stay in Israel...
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It looks as if a "landmark" kosher supermarket in Northeast Philadelphia won't be going out of business after all. Last month, Ira Feldman, the longtime owner of Best Value Kosher Meats on Bustleton Avenue, told customers his grocery would be closing come early January. The only other option, Feldman noted, was the unlikely scenario that someone would offer to buy...
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Zorik Pesochinsky, JE Feature
Anyone who owns (and actually wears) a "Geeks Are Hot" T-shirt can tell you that the dictionary definition of a geek -- "a stupid or inept person" -- is passé. Call them geeks, dorks or nerds, those once-uncool people ostracized for loving comics, obscure card games and computer code have loads of allure these days. Socially awkward Seth Cohen on...
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Paris in New York? Mais, oui!
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Blake Gernstetter, JE Feature
If you pine to hear French, see classical art and architecture or bite into a fresh baguette, but can't make it to Paris just now, consider an alternative: Paris in New York. With more than 100,000 native speakers of French, New York is home to an entire Parisian world. Manhattan, divided into neighborhoods much as Paris is comprised of 20...
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Roy S. Gutterman, JE Feature
The train rambled along -- somewhere between Washington and Philadelphia, northern Maryland probably -- when the stranger and I started talking. The overpriced, but delicious, chocolate-chip cookie from the cafe car broke the ice. She admired the treat, but declined my offer when I broke off a piece for her. Then we began chatting. "Laura" was a married woman on...
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