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Personal Stories

  • Migrating to America: How my great-aunt made it a success story for my mother’s family

    By jwadmin on March 20, 2017
    By MARILYN SHAPIRO The history of the deadliest industrial disaster in the history of New York City is intertwined with my mother’s family and in particular, my smart, generous, resourceful Aunt Lil. The Family Tree My mother’s family story began in Ragola, a small shtetl in the southeast part of Lithuania. My grandmother’s Ethel’s birth mother Channah married Buck (first name […]
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  • From pizza to shuksuka and hamantaschen; neighborhood kid becomes New Orleans rabbi

    By jwadmin on March 1, 2017
    By MARILYN SHAPIRO My husband Larry and I missed the Pizza Boy’s bris. Diane Silverman, who would be the future Pizza Boy’s mom, and I met in 1977. The two of us, along with several other new members, sat together at an event sponsored by the Clifton Park Hadassah. Within a year, all the women around the table were expecting. Our […]
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  • I Was a Muslim in Trump’s White House

    By jwadmin on February 23, 2017
    When President Obama left, I stayed on at the National Security Council in order to serve my country. I lasted eight days. By Rumana Ahmed The Atlantic In 2011, I was hired, straight out of college, to work at the White House and eventually the National Security Council. My job there was to promote and protect the best of what […]
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  • Honor the memory of Nazi victims by speaking out against anti-Semitism

    By jwadmin on February 1, 2017
      By DANNY DANON NEW YORK CITY (JTA) – The world comes together every Jan. 27 to remember the most devastating tragedy in history: the Shoah. We remember the victims of the Nazi regime. The loved ones lost and the shameful treatment of human life and human dignity. We also make sure to remember our history, as painful as it may […]
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  • Why Did Obama Pander to the UN’s Stunning Anti-Israel Bias?

    By jwadmin on January 13, 2017
    By Maajid Nawaz The Daily Beast LONDON—Just before Christmas the United Nations Security Council adopted Resolution 2334, condemning Israeli settlements in the West Bank. By allowing the motion to pass, President Barack Obama crowned his miserable track record in the Middle East with one last high school debating gesture. This was then embellished by Secretary of State John Kerry’s warning […]
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  • Making the connection—We can see and hear you now!

    By jwadmin on December 28, 2016
    By Marilyn Shapiro How difficult it must have been for my grandparents! Their children Fran and Bill lived at least eight hours away, first in Vermont and Connecticut and then in small towns in Upstate New York. Between the distance and the logistics involved trips were limited to one or two week visits that they made by train from Brooklyn and […]
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  • I’m wearing a kippah now — for solidarity and visibility!

    By jwadmin on December 28, 2016
    By DAVID A.M. WILENSKY SAN FRANCISCO (JTA) — I do not like wearing a kippah. I grew up in a Reform synagogue where few people wore them, including the rabbi. The gendered nature of it bothers me. (Why, in some “egalitarian” synagogues, are men forced to wear them but not women?) And, quite frankly, I don’t like being told what […]
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  • Friends are where you find them: Remember to acknowledge them

    By jwadmin on December 1, 2016
    By MARILYN SHAPIRO He was easy to spot. In a room full of frail, elderly people, Marc and his wheelchair loomed large. His six foot four-inch thin frame rested on the chair, his head on the headrest, and his face inches away from the straw-like device that, through his breathing, powered him around the Daughters of Sarah, a nursing home […]
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  • One Ruth Gruber says goodbye to another

    By jwadmin on November 23, 2016
    BY RUTH ELLEN GRUBER NEW YORK CITY (JTA) – When you share a name with someone you respect and admire, you always try to live up to the connection, because sometimes outsiders aren’t aware of the difference. That’s how it was for decades with me and Ruth Gruber, the noted photojournalist, reporter and author who died last week at age […]
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  • My father turned me on to Leonard Cohen

    By jwadmin on November 23, 2016
    By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ (JTA) – Using his M-16 assault rifle as a pillow, my father awoke abruptly from a dreamless sleep by the pleading voice of a young woman outside his tent in the Sinai. The woman, a uniformed volunteer, was urging reservists like him to forego shuteye to hear a musician whose name she did not know, but who […]
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