Friday, March 27, 2015 Nisan 7, 5775

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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
After years of practicing his moves and refining his specific technique, Jake Wischnia, 16, should have been eagerly anticipating his first international fencing match, just hours away. Instead, he was panicking. The airline that had taken the Wyncote native all the way to Budapest, Hungary, had also lost his fencing equipment. He was left with nothing: no helmet, no padding,...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
Throughout her long life, Norma U. Levitt always adhered to the principles of fostering Jewish life and fighting for women's equality. As she's grown older, however, she's learned that it's necessary to refine life's philosophies. "I always had the same concerns, but I learned more about them," said Levitt, who's in her 80s. "As you go along, you get more...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
Laying in a hospital bed 13 years ago, Elizabeth Rubin was in a lot of pain, uncertain whether she was going to live. And just weeks before, life had been so good: She had recently given birth to her second daughter, and she and her husband were enjoying their increasingly active household. But then the symptoms started appearing - her...
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Current attempts to curtail government spending in Washington and Harrisburg have social-service advocates concerned that those who depend on government funds for everything from health care to job training might be left in the lurch. During a Center City forum focusing on policy issues affecting low-income families, sponsored by the United Way of Eastern Pennsylvania - of which the Jewish...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
As a 19-year-old at Penn State University, Roger Schwab could bench press 360 pounds, even though that was double his body weight. He eventually put his strength on display at a weight-lifting competition; his performance drew members of the football team who wanted to know how to add muscle and size to their bodies. So Schwab became the team's unofficial...
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