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Personal Stories

  • Paean to students: Thanks for helping me grow and learn!

    By jwadmin on March 28, 2018
    By MARILYN SHAPIRO May 28, 1993, was graduation day at the Capital District Educational Opportunity Center, a division of Hudson Valley Community College, which offers a range of programs and educationally and economically disadvantaged adults. During and after the ceremony, there was laughter, tears, and the inevitable thanks that we teachers receive from our students on such occasions. Students want to […]
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  • Why I led my Orthodox Jewish classmates on the national gun control walkout

    By jwadmin on March 21, 2018
    By JACOB MILLER CHICAGO (JTA) – I’m a sophomore at Ida Crown Jewish Academy, the largest Modern Orthodox high school in the Chicago area. When I heard about the #ENOUGH national school walkout, I immediately wondered how my school could participate. Our school motto is “Inspiring Bnei and Bnot Torah to thrive in the modern world”; here was a chance to […]
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  • Who made the hamantashen? A modern tale of fortuitous interaction

    By jwadmin on February 28, 2018
    By MARILYN SHAPIRO In May 2016, my husband Larry and I purchased tickets for a Flores de Mayo celebration sponsored by our community’s Filipino Club. I had met several of its members through my cardio ballroom dancing class, and they had hyped up the event for several weeks. “Lots of fun! Great music,” one of the organizers told me. “Just […]
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  • 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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