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Personal Stories

  • Many victories celebrated in 2018 St. Anthony’s Triathlon; Marathoner out-runs stalker…

    By jwadmin on July 4, 2018
    By MARILYN SHAPIRO Eric Lagerstrom, a 29 year old from Gresham, Ore., may have been the official male top finisher in the 2018 St. Anthony’s Triathlon, which was held on a beautiful April day in St. Petersburg, Fla.  However, in the pack of over 3,000 participants was an individual that many considered the true winner. Seventy-nine year old Tony Handler […]
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  • Before it’s too late, let’s unify Jewish schools in East Bay

    By jwadmin on July 2, 2018
    BY REUVEN KAHANE  While reading J. recently, I noticed that the three Jewish middle schools of the East Bay graduated a total of 38 students. First, yasher koach to the graduates and the parents for their incredible dedication to Jewish education. Second, thank you to all the teachers, rabbis and staff of these great institutions: Tehiyah Day Schoolin El Cerrito, Oakland Hebrew Day School and Contra Costa […]
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  • Patriot Weissman was POW in World War II 

    By jwadmin on June 27, 2018
    By MARILYN SHAPIRO Melvin Weissman didn’t have to fight in World War II. As a machinist for an essential industry, he needed permission from his company to even enlist. He was first rejected by the army as he had flat feet. But the 22- year old was determined to fight for his county. Undeterred, Melvin, along with several of his […]
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  • 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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