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Man with Asperger's is award-winning activist

Man with Asperger's is award-winning activist

NEW 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 school that had “drastically lower academic standards” and a vocational prep program that seemed more focused on saving money than on providing meaningful career help.

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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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Hand in Hand: Israelis and Arabs learn together

Hand in Hand: Israelis and Arabs learn togetherWHEN PRESIDENT Obama lit a menorah in the White House last month, it was a colorful olive wood menorah made by Hand in Hand students after arsonists burned down a first grade classroom. Labeled in Hebrew and Arabic, the menorah listed values such as equality, peace, education, friendship and freedom that characterize the school. Two ninth-graders, one Jewish and one Arab, were on hand to light the menorah. Jews and Arabs in Israel attend separate schools and study mostly in their native langu...
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KC Shooter found guilty of capital murder

Ron Kampeas Trial now enters death penalty phase. ... [Link]

Jewish former lawmakers urge backing for Iran nuclear deal

Ron Kampeas Jane Harman, who once was the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, was among 75 ex-Congress members who signed a letter pressing their sitting colleagues to support the agreement. ... [Link]

Orthodox students at Dartmouth press for stricter kashrut

Julie Wiener More than 500 Dartmouth students have signed a petition urging the Ivy League school in New Hampshire to use a more stringent supervising agency for its kosher cafeteria. ... [Link]

Parents of Jewish journalist Steven Sotloff reflect on first anniversary of his slaying

Julie Wiener On the eve of the first anniversary of their son’s murder by ISIS, Arthur and Shirley Sotloff said they had held out hope for his survival because his grandparents were Holocaust survivors. ... [Link]

Marvin Mandel, Maryland’s only Jewish governor, dies at 95

Julie Wiener Mandel earned kudos for policy victories, but a fraud conviction in 1977 forced him to leave office and sent him to prison. ... [Link]

Hungarian official booed off Jewish festival stage for defending disinvited singer

Julie Wiener The heckling came after Csaba Latorcai defended Maria Petras, who had been scheduled to appear at the festival but was disinvited amid allegations of anti-Semitism. ... [Link]

Israel to allow Palestinian soccer players to travel for West Bank match

Gabe Friedman The Sept. 8 match will test Israel’s stated willingness to relax its travel restrictions on Palestinian players. ... [Link]

NHL lawyer excels for league and family – can she make history?

mbrodsky Some foresee Jessica Berman, 37, as the first female commissioner of a men’s professional sports league. But the New Yorker may have made an even greater impact since her husband’s stroke. ... [Link]

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