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May 02nd
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Gift Guide: Do you have what it takes?

Gift Guide: Do you have what it takes?

In 2008, just as the recession struck America, Dafna Michaelson Jenet quit her job and overcame numerous obstacles to embark on a Journey with a capital J. She decided to visit 50 states in 52 weeks to interview  “average” Americans dedicated to helping others. Lacking a specific agenda and losing some friends who thought she was nuts, Michaelson Jenet did it anyway.

It Takes a Little Crazy to Make a Difference (Motivational Press, 2015) epitomizes Mahatma Gandhi’s conviction that “you must be the change you want to see in the world.”


Documentary reveals extraordinary heroism from ordinary couple

Documentary reveals extraordinary heroism from ordinary coupleThe documentary film “50 Children: The Rescue of Mr. and Mrs. Kraus” tells the remarkable story of a seemingly unremarkable couple from Philadelphia who, in 1939, traveled to Nazi Austria and overcame both German and American bureaucratic obstacles to save 50 Jewish children from almost certain death in the Holocaust. The story of the late Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus was virtually unknown until their granddaughter Liz showed her husband, Steven Pressman, a journal written by her grandmother y...

Oral cancer survivor in Ride to Conquer Cancer

Oral cancer survivor in Ride to Conquer CancerMIAMI — It all started with a little bump on his neck. Now Jason Mendelsohn is on a mission to conquer cancer and spread the word about human papilloma virus-related cancer, or HPV. In April, 2014, Mendelsohn was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma, which turned out to be stage 4 HPV-related tonsil cancer, which had spread to two lymph nodes in his neck. He had a radical tonsillectomy and neck dissection in which 42 lymph nodes were removed in his neck, followed by seven weeks of chemo, r...

Young Jewish chef made vegan tasty — and cool

Young Jewish chef made vegan tasty — and coolNEW YORK — There’s a new eatery on the corner of Bleecker and MacDougal streets in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village. The restaurant, by CHLOE, is garnering good reviews and attracting slews of young, hip diners. Oh yes: by CHLOE is also entirely vegan and kosher. Chef Chloe Coscarelli made her national debut on the first season of Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars” in 2009, winning an episode of the TV competition with her three all-vegan flavors of the portable sweet treats: raspberry tir...

Sandy Koufax: The Yom Kippur decision

Sandy Koufax: The Yom Kippur decisionWASHINGTON — Jesse Agler was pretty talented as a catcher and pitcher in Little League, yet his parents benched him regularly. That’s because the Aglers had a no-baseball-on-Shabbat rule, one cloaked in sports royalty. “It was a source of frustration as a kid, but I appreciated later what they tried to do,” said Agler, a 33-year-old radio broadcaster for the San Diego Padres who grew up in South Florida. “It goes back to Koufax making the point about that day, that it’s not for ba...
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