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Personal Stories

  • Beneficial relationship! Cosmetologist has history of aiding Jewish neighbors

    By jwadmin on February 14, 2018
    By Marilyn Shapiro As I settled into my chair at the Shalom Club table at Solivita Club Expo, I put my pocketbook on the empty chair from the Bellisimo Hair Salon, which was located next to us. A few minutes later, a young Hispanic man asked me to move it so he could sit down. “Hope you don’t mind,” he […]
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  • Rob Reiner on Judaism, movies and his experience ‘home shuling’

    By jwadmin on December 20, 2017
    By CURT SCHLEIER NEW YORK CITY (JTA) – By his own admission, Rob Reiner was not the right person to direct “LBJ,” a film biography of Lyndon Baines Johnson, the 36th president of the United States. “I had a lot of trepidation,” he said in a telephone interview with JTA. A Changed View In addition to a successful career as an actor, […]
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  • Chanukah gifts— giving and receiving

    By jwadmin on December 20, 2017
    By MARILYN SHAPIRO Larry, my husband, and I have many “pets” in our home. A butterfly rests outside our front door, and two larger ones fly on our lanai wall. A two-foot bear clutching his “Bear Feet Only” sign greets visitors on the front porch. Pedro the Parrot hangs on a curtain rod. And various bulldogs—stuffed, ceramic, and metal, are […]
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  • Why I’m a proud Jewish organ donor

    By jwadmin on November 29, 2017
    By MELISSA HENRIQUEZ     (Kveller via JTA) – In the crazy way that Facebook can bring people together, I along with 50,000 other followers watched a family fight for the life of their precious 2-year-old, Logan. I didn’t know the family personally, but Logan’s story popped into my newsfeed. I was following his family’s anguish, hoping and praying for a miracle […]
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  • Veterans Day: A WW2 Jewish sacrifice remembered

    By jwadmin on November 15, 2017
    By MARILYN SHAPIRO A body of an American solider lying seemingly peacefully in the snow in a battlefield in Belgium. A Jewish boy in Brooklyn orphaned by World War II. And the world-renown photographer who connected the two. This is their story. Samuel Tannenbaum was born on July 10, 1942, in Washington D.C. to Henry and Bertha Fiedel Tannenbaum. Less than two […]
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  • Why I traveled to Las Vegas to help

    By jwadmin on October 4, 2017
    By ALISSA THOMAS-NEWBORN LAS VEGAS (JTA) – We just got into our car and drove. Going to Las Vegas after the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history felt like the right thing to do. As Americans and as Jews, we wanted to be a source of support and love in the face of terror. We wanted to stand with the victims and […]
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  • ‘Who by water, and who by fire…’?

    By jwadmin on October 4, 2017
    By MARILYN SHAPIRO During Yom Kippur, we Jews recite the Unetanneh Tokef, a prayer in which we ask God to inscribe us in the Book of Life for the coming year. This prayer will take on special significance this year for my husband Larry and me as we look back on our experiences with our first Florida hurricane. Nonchalance Fades […]
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  • Our schools’ secret shame: Anti-Semitism is a regular occurrence

    By jwadmin on August 16, 2017
    By Steve Wessler The Boston Globe The chants of “Jews won’t replace us,” shirts bearing quotes from Hitler, and signs with swastikas we saw on Saturday in Charlottesville may have startled Americans who believe that virulent anti-Semitism is a thing of the past. But for those of us who spend time listening to American middle and high school students, it was no surprise […]
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  • ‘Jew.’ Why does the word for a person of my religion sound like a slur?

    By jwadmin on August 14, 2017
    By Susan Sommercamp The Washington Post My first boss right out of college was terrific — ambitious, warm and open to friendly lunches outside the office. Then one day in December, the topic turned to her plans for Christmas. She asked where I would be celebrating the holiday, and I said, “Oh, I don’t celebrate Christmas. I’m a Jew.” She gaped. […]
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  • Learning Hebrew … in Vermont!

    By jwadmin on August 9, 2017
    Jack Kaplowitz can gesture effectively—in Hebrew—after three weeks at Middlebury College, about 2.5 hours from Albany, south of Lake Champlain. By JACK KAPLOWITZ I just returned to Albany after studying Hebrew for three weeks in Vermont. Vermont? Yes, Vermont. Middlebury, Vermont, to be exact, the location of Middlebury College. And Middlebury College is clearly one of the best places, if […]
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