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National Jewish Health: Not too big, not too small

DR. MICHAEL SALEM, president and CEO of National Jewish Health, identifies a Catch 22: In contemporary medical facilities, you can’t get too small, and you can’t get too big.

If you get too big, you can attract quality faculty for research, but can’t provide the opportunities for the intimate exchange of ideas, for natural interaction and cross-fertilization.

And you can’t provide personalized medicine.

If you get too small, you don’t have the resources for either the research or the tailored clinical approach.

That leaves NJH working hard to grow — and to stay small.

Two directions at once.

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View from Central Park

Sunrise

I, ALONG with all of you, was following the Israeli elections with bated breath. And based on the media, polls and general social media, was mentally preparing for the possibility of Bibi losing. There was also an impressive new person in the leftist camp I was watching. After Bibi’s decisive win, and the left’s loss, this new candidate I was watching posted a photo to his Facebook page in response to the loss. I assumed the photo was of a dark sunset. But when I looked to read the commen...
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View From Denver

Why I keep kosher

KASHRUT. It’s objective. Laid out. With boundaries. Defined spaces. Places you enter. Or don’t. If you define the spaces and places your own way, you do not enter. Do not get to the sanctification. On its face, sanctification is restrictive. Limiting. Dismissive of human struggle, human initiative, human achievement. On its face, sanctification is narrow.

Last Updated ( Friday, 20 March 2015 09:13 )

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Liberal Lens

From Hillary to Andrew: subterfuge

In theory, the changeover from paper to email should make government more transparent. The cost of archiving documents should be lower, because data can be housed on relatively small hard drives rather than in spacious warehouses. Likewise, the time expense of retrieving that data should be reduced, because it can be obtained through a few keystrokes rather than a tedious search of file cabinets. Consequently, open records requests should be far easier to fulfill, because electronic corresponde...
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Conservative Lens

Why does American TV interview tyrants?

TWELVE YEARS ago, almost to the day, CBS News sent Dan Rather to Baghdad to broadcast an interview with Iraq’s tyrant, Saddam Hussein. I wrote at that time: “Other than the lengths to which Dan Rather went to be obsequious to a tyrant, Americans learned nothing from his interview with Saddam Hussein. “If one is not going to ask a dictator anything approaching the truth about his actions, why bother interviewing him? Isn’t the whole thing morally compromised and journalistically meanin...
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JTA News

Whooping cough warning issued in Brooklyn’s Orthodox communities

Gabe Friedman The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has issued a warning about an increase in cases of pertussis, or the “whooping cough,” in the Orthodox communities of Williamsburg and Bor... [Link]

What you need to know about New York’s proposed education tax credit

Uriel Heilman A proposed education tax credit program for New York could deliver tens of millions in public money to cash-strapped Jewish day school families. ... [Link]

Op-Ed: From ‘Bring Back Our Boys’ to ‘Unity Day’

Gabrielle Birkner A year ago, the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teens brought Jews together in unprecedented ways. Now their parents have joined forces to create a prize, and a worldwide holiday, in their hono... [Link]

Rocket sirens sound in southern Israel

Gabe Friedman Rocket sirens and at least three explosions were heard in southern Israel near the Gaza Strip. ... [Link]

Israeli embassy slams ‘outrageous’ Dutch textbook

Cnaan Liphshiz A Dutch history book for vocational high schools omits Arab atrocities against Jews and describes Israel’s establishment as result of widespread murder of Palestinians. ... [Link]

Poland’s ombudsman calls to make kosher slaughter illegal for export

Marcy Oster Poland’s ombudsman Irena Lipowicz filed her request last year with the country’s Constitutional Tribunal, asking it to make kosher slaughter legal only for the use of the Jewish community ... [Link]

Judge orders opening of 1950 testimony that implicated Ethel Rosenberg

Marcy Oster David Greenglass recanted his testimony seven years after he gave it, saying that he gave false testimony after prosecutors threatened him saying they would go after his wife, who may have assisted Ju... [Link]

Bernie Sanders to make 2016 presidential bid official

Gabe Friedman Sanders, 73, who was born in Brooklyn to Polish immigrant parents, will officially launch his 2016 campaign at an event starting at 5 p.m. on Tuesday in Burlington, Vermont. ... [Link]

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