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Azerbaijan comes to Denver

Azerbaijan comes to Denver

NASIMI AGHAYEV, Consul General of the Republic of Azerbaijan, is a remarkably patient envoy.

He admits that he’s grown accustomed to the blank stares with which many Americans and others often greet him when he tells them that he represents Azerbaijan, a mostly Muslim, former Soviet republic in the Caucasus Mountains of Central Asia that is now an independent nation.

Often, the affable and articulate consul general told the Intermountain Jewish News in an interview last week, people not only don’t know where Azerbaijan is, they don’t know what it is.

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California teen makes good on vow to grandmother

California teen makes good on vow to grandmother Teen Hero NEW YORK — Shortly before her bat Mitzvah in 2010, Morgan Davidson made a promise to her grandmother stricken with lymphoma that she would do whatever she could to help others with the disease. With her mother’s assistance, Davidson soon organized a fundraiser she dubbed “Cuts for a Cure.” For a monetary donation, she and others gave haircuts, held a silent auction and provided a cafe. “I thought that I’d be happy raising $5,000,” said Davidson, now 17. But the one-d...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 09 April 2015 11:40 )

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Man with Asperger's is award-winning activist

Man with Asperger's is award-winning activistNEW YORK — When Ari Ne’eman was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome at age 12, his life changed. Administrators at the Conservative Jewish day school that Ne’eman had attended for years said they were not comfortable serving an autistic student, so he ended up transferring to a “segregated special-ed school.” Later, instead of attending the local neighborhood high school that was a five-minute walk from his house in East Brunswick, NJ, he traveled an hour and a half to a special-ed ...
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Sid Shafner helped liberate Dachau

Sid Shafner helped liberate DachauSid Shafner, 93, is reading the newspaper alone at a corner table at Brookdale Mountain View. Sitting in a wheelchair, he blends into the crowd. No one would suspect that 70 years ago he was one of the first US soldiers to liberate Dachau. Sid, who received two Bronze Stars for bravery in WW II, has a sweet disposition that dismisses sentimentality. He enlisted in the army at 18, fought in France and Germany, and lived to tell the tale.
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'Operation Soap Dish' earns honors for teen

'Operation Soap Dish' earns honors for teenWASHINGTON — With her $4.50 weekly allowance, Adena Rochelson wanted to fill an empty shelf at a local food pantry near her upstate New York home with toiletries and cleaning supplies. After soon realizing that she would need more funds and supplies, Rochelson — then a fourth-grader — launched a social action project that would raise awareness of the shortage and provide much-needed toothbrushes, shampoo, toothpaste and soap to nearby shelters and food pantries. “I realized that involv...
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Ben Sales Teams of Israeli emergency workers are heading to south Asia following the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that has killed at least 2,000; some 200 Israelis are among the missing. ... [Link]

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