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Personal Stories

  • 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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  • Pressing question? Mom trains kids in proper laundry care

    By jwadmin on July 26, 2017
    By MARILYN SHAPIRO When one is looking for a home in today’s market, one of the featured perks is the laundry room. Multi-functioning washing machines and dryers, fancy cabinetry, shining stainless steel sinks, and granite countertops appear to make a washday a joy. What a contrast to the way my mother handled the laundry in Upstate New York in the 1950s! […]
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  • British Jews are using Facebook to create new “pop-up” communities

    By jwadmin on July 19, 2017
    Social media has empowered young British Jews who are dissatisfied with existing communal structures to create their own shared spaces. Nathan Abrams finds that digital culture serves as an important sphere for religious self-definition as well as offering a new and different encounter with Judaism. In 2008 a group of young Jews came together to form a new congregation to hold truly […]
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  • The true colors of the UN and Israel

    By jwadmin on July 12, 2017
    By Shmuel Legesse The Times of Israel In the course of human history, citizens of the world and their leaders and governments have accomplished much good by creating international organizations for peaceful negotiation among peoples and nations.  In the early 20th century, much of the free world banded together to form the League of Nations, which failed to accomplish its mission […]
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  • Guess Who Is Coming To Dinner? Can we agree to disagree?

    By jwadmin on July 12, 2017
    By MARILYN SHAPIRO According to the Bipartisanship Policy Center, our country’s history of working across the aisle can be traced back to as early as 1787. Our founding fathers, struggling with congressional representation regarding the populations of the colonies, reached what later was know as the Great Compromise. It was decided that our new government would exist with a proportional […]
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  • Summertime and the swimming is easy…Getting into the swim of things: From risk to enjoyment!

    By jwadmin on June 27, 2017
    By MARILYN SHAPIRO As schools let out for the summer, children will head for the beach or go to a pool. Fortunately, my own first experiences with swimming did not seriously hurt my current enjoyment of the sport. In 1952, my parents moved our family from Potsdam to Keeseville. Both were small upstate New York towns. But whereas Potsdam had […]
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