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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-day event raised over $28,000, which she donated to City of Hope, a cancer hospital in California, and Be the Match, a global bone marrow donor registry.

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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Pomegranate juice a vehicle for chasidic help and healing

Pomegranate juice a vehicle for chasidic help and healingNEW SQUARE, NY— Get Rabbi Shulim Greenberg talking about the health benefits of pomegranate juice and he sounds like a homeopathic nutritionist — with a Yiddish accent. Every January, the chasidic charity run by Greenberg obtains some 40,000 pounds of California pomegranates, squeezes them into juice and ships the product in eight-ounce plastic bottles to ailing Jews. The recipients — mostly residents of the Orthodox strongholds of Brooklyn, Lakewood, NJ, and New York’s Rockland County...
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