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The king of the candy stores

The king of the candy stores

NEW YORK — Walking into Economy Candy on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, it’s hard to know where to look first.

To the foil-clad chocolate rabbits standing sentinel atop sacks of chocolate eggs? The stacks of kosher-for-Passover jelly rings and chocolate pops across the narrow aisle? The facing bins spilling over with peanut butter chews and saltwater taffy?

Make your way to the back of this Willy Wonka-esque store, past more of the 2,000 varieties of candy it sells, and the walls are lined with dispensers ready to release a rainbow of gumballs and jellybeans.

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For teen, being bullied led to Validation Project

For teen, being bullied led to Validation Project Teen Hero NEW YORK — For Val Weisler, freshman year of high school was marred by tears and unhappiness as classmates bullied her daily for being shy and withdrawn. “I was a different person and I didn’t feel comfortable,” said Weisler, now a 16-year-old junior at Clarkstown High School South in West Nyack, NY. “I was hiding myself and hating myself. I didn’t feel welcomed.” She soon realized, however, that “there were so many other teenagers who had bigger problems than me....

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Does working out keep you Jewish?

Does working out keep you Jewish?FOR Daphna Krupp, her daily workout (excluding Shabbat) at the Jewish Community Center (JCC or “J”) of Greater Baltimore has become somewhat of a ritual. She not only attends fitness classes but also engages with the instructors and plugs the J’s social programs on her personal Facebook page. “It’s the gym and the environment,” says Krupp. “It’s a great social network.” Krupp, who lives in Pikesville, Md., is one of an estimated one million American Jewish members of more tha...
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Teen dances and shakes to fight Parkinson’s

Teen dances and shakes to fight Parkinson’s Teen Hero NEW YORK — Zoe Butchen didn’t know much about Parkinson’s disease the night her dad, Jeff, told her and her brother at their kitchen table of his recent diagnosis of the disorder. “I didn’t know what it was or what it meant,” said Butchen, 14. “But I thought that there had to be some way that I could get involved.” Inspired by the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge — and the Taylor Swift song “Shake it Off” — she decided to post a video to social media of herself dan...

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Palestinians are embracing yoga

Palestinians are embracing yogaJERUSALEM — Inhale your arms up into warrior one. Exhale and extend your arms into warrior two. I followed the instructor’s soft but firm voice as she led me and five other women through the yoga poses, and the deep breathing helped to calm my nerves. The large tiled room was gently lit through white curtains that masked the busy city life outside Farashe Yoga. Farashe is Arabic for butterfly, and the busy city outside the studio’s walls is Ramallah. Exhale into your reverse warrior, th...
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