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Melanie Gruenwald: Chasing the cancer away

Melanie Gruenwald: Chasing the cancer away

MELANIE GRUENWALD, who underwent a double mastectomy Oct. 20, is comfortably dressed and upright on her living room couch. “I don’t want to lie down,” she reassures. “I’m fine.”

Unabashedly frank and accessible, Gruenwald welcomes the opportunity to talk about breast cancer and choosing extreme measures over a recommended lumpectomy.

This August, while training for Nov. 3 New York City Marathon (26.2 miles), she discovered a marble-sized lump.

“I was surprised,” Gruenwald calmly describes the dreaded encounter.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 05 November 2015 16:10 )

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What's an Ashkenazi woman to do?

What's an Ashkenazi woman to do?NEW YORK — It’s been a busy couple of weeks for breast cancer. Of course, breast cancer is always busy, exerting its sneaky destruction through abnormal cell growth. But now it’s October and Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the scary fact is everywhere again: One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during her lifetime. This time around, the talk about breast cancer feels more urgent, more ubiquitous and definitely more confusing.
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Sauerkraut specialist shares fermentation wisdom

Sauerkraut specialist shares fermentation wisdomSANDOR ELLIX Katz makes no cure-all claims, though some are falsely attributed to him. The food activist and writer conveys a passionate intelligence about fermentation, the chemical breakdown of a substance by bacteria, yeasts or other microorganisms associated with foods like sauerkraut, wine and pickles. Following careers in education and public policy, Katz discovered this age-old food preservation tradition, which he says is found in every cuisine and culture across the world; his vocatio...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 22 October 2015 15:26 )

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Ancestral journey leads to Israel

Ancestral journey leads to IsraelThis week, Denverite Hadassah Grove completed a homecoming that was a long, long time coming. It was not just a personal homecoming, but an ancestral one — a centuries-long circle that began when her forebears left Israel in the very distant past, flourished in Spain during the legendary Jewish Golden Age, suffered through the anti-Semitic violence and repression of the Spanish Inquisitions, fled Spain for Mexico until that nation declared its own Inquisition and, finally, in the guise of Rom...
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Russia's kosher guru branches out to halal

Russia's kosher guru branches out to halalMOSCOW — At Russia’s largest kosher food factory, owner Pinhas Slobodnik welcomes his Muslim workers with an Arabic greeting that he pronounces in a thick Russian accent. Some 120 workers, most from the predominantly Muslim republics of Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, are employed at the factory — a sprawling complex built in 2009 in the basement of the Chabad-Lubavitch headquarters in Russia.
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Late philanthropist Edgar Bronfman’s Connecticut home on market for $8M

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Amid anti-Semitism scandal, Jewish support for UK’s Labour at historic low

Julie Wiener (JTA) — If there were an election tomorrow, only 8.5 percent of British Jews say they would vote for the Labour Party — a sharp decline since last year’s election, when 18 percent of Jews voted ... [Link]

Yes, there is a Jewish left on campus, and it needs to be heard

Andrew Silow-Carroll CHAPEL HILL, North Carolina (JTA) — Recently, in an article for JTA, “The Missing Left: Where’s the support for liberal Zionists on campus?,” Andrew Silow-Carroll noted that “many Americ... [Link]

Israel bombs Gaza targets in retaliation for Hamas shelling

Julie Wiener (JTA) — Israel bombed five targets in Gaza after Hamas fired more than five mortar rounds into Israel in a 24-hour period — an escalation attributed to Israel’s intensified efforts to detec... [Link]

Israel remembers the Holocaust in national ceremony

Marcy Oster JERUSALEM (JTA) — Holocaust survivors have never received the respect that they deserve, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said. “It is time to conduct some soul-searching before you. We mus... [Link]

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