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Special needs kids can join the team

Special needs kids can join the team

NEW YORK — Zach Certner was nine when he recognized the despair of a family friend who was excluded from participating in the sports activities that Certner enjoyed so much.

Mikey had a developmental disability, Certner said, “and I saw the struggles that he experienced by not doing what we could do or play on the same teams.”

Certner and his older brother, Matt, decided to organize bimonthly soccer, basketball and baseball clinics in their hometown of Morristown, NJ, for children with special needs and match the children with peer mentors.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 13 May 2015 17:51 )

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Cancer survivor pushes toward a cure

Cancer survivor pushes toward a cureNEW YORK — At 12 years old, Elana Simon was diagnosed with fibrolamellar hepatocellular carcinoma, a rare form of liver cancer that largely affects adolescents and young adults. “I didn’t know much about [fibrolamellar] and it was pretty scary,” said Simon, now 19. “But I was extremely fortunate to have an incredible surgeon.” After having her tumor removed, Simon, who grew up in New York, where her family remains active members of Temple Shaaray Tefila on Manhattan’s Upper East ...
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Eva Mozes Kor: She can't forget, but she can forgive

Eva Mozes Kor: She can't forget, but she can forgiveEVA MOZES KOR, fresh from a luncheon with local Holocaust survivors, is unperturbed by the April snow heralding her arrival at Staybridge Suites last Thursday. She has exactly one hour before enjoying one of her habitual naps and speaking to a Jewish group. Later that evening, Kor would be the guest speaker at the ADL’s Governor’s Holocaust remembrance at Temple Emanuel. The 81-year-old founder of CANDLES (Children of Auschwitz Nazi Deadly Lab Experiments Survivors) and the CANDLES Holoca...

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 28 April 2015 10:32 )

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LA's Wilshire Temple undergoes rebirth

LA's Wilshire Temple undergoes rebirthLOS ANGELES — The time has long since passed when the Wilshire Boulevard Temple’s address on its namesake boulevard was considered glamorous. Now the surrounding blocks are the clamorous heart of Koreatown, with all its urban grit: traffic snarls, hulking office buildings, electronics shops, dentists, and banks with signs in Korean and some in Spanish. Here the Wilshire Boulevard Temple — the grand Byzantine-revival synagogue built in 1929 — seems like a relic of another era, before th...
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Teen sinks her teeth into dental care

Teen sinks her teeth into dental careNEW YORK — With the simple act of brushing her teeth one evening, Paige Alenick was inspired to think about those less fortunate than herself. “I realized how lucky I was to be brushing my teeth and that you can’t take things for granted,” said Alenick, who was then a 15-year-old high school student at Pascack Hills High School in Montvale, NJ. “And for some people a toothbrush is a luxury item.”
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Julie Wiener The founder and president of New Jersey-based FieldOne is a Satmar Hasid who taught himself several computer languages. ... [Link]

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Julie Wiener Masud Ganaim, a member of the Joint Arab List, told Israel Radio that “historically, religiously, it is a Muslim site, period.” ... [Link]

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