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Nov 28th


Crossing the goal line: How Andy Levy shed 138 pounds

Crossing the goal line: How Andy Levy shed 138 pounds

IT’S LUNCHTIME, and Andy Levy doesn’t even need to see a menu. He orders his usual: a scoop of tuna salad in a tomato garnished with sliced cucumbers and onion. The portion isn’t huge, but Levy eats only half — slowly — and gets a to-go box for the rest.

That’s Andy Levy at age 57, and that’s how he’s lost a whopping 138 pounds over the past eight years.

Levy’s current, successful weight-loss journey began with a fateful visit with his internist in July, 2007, but his struggle with weight issues began around age nine or 10. He remembers it clearly and with a bit of humor:

Last Updated ( Thursday, 25 June 2015 15:03 )


Bess Brown: 99 years with a smile

Bess Brown: 99 years with a smileColorado through Tulsa, Oklahoma via Texas. In 99 years, she’s traveled all over the world and back, whether by freighter, cruise or plane. Now Bess Brown enjoys a quiet life at Kavod Senior Living, where she’s been for the last eight years. Even Brown herself has only one word to describe her life: “blessed.”

Last Updated ( Thursday, 25 June 2015 14:31 )


Soccer, the import sport, takes hold among Jewish kids

Soccer, the import sport, takes hold among Jewish kidsEvery four years, the world unites to watch the greatest tournament in sports: the FIFA World Cup. The world, that is, minus the United States. These days, however, the US seems to be more accepting and open to the game of soccer. Soccer goes by many names — futbol, the beautiful game, the world’s game — but here in the US, it’s always been soccer.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 25 June 2015 15:03 )


Five Colorado Springs women celebrate Bat Mitzvah

Five Colorado Springs women celebrate Bat Mitzvah“At age 76, I have my Bat Mitzvah degree. This is a big deal because I got married at a young age and didn’t go to college,” says Gloria Royne as she speaks on the bimah at Temple Shalom during a Shabbat morning service. “I have learned how to be a ‘card-carrying’ member of the Jewish community and now, I just might go to college!” Her granddaughter, Erica Rutherford, 25, of Denver, presented Royne with the tallit she wore at her Bat Mitzvah as her three grandchildren sat in the ...

Colorado's pot czar: Navigating untested waters

Colorado's pot czar: Navigating untested watersAndrew Freedman, the first person in the world to bear the auspicious title of marijuana czar, occupies a barebones office in the Colorado State Capitol Annex building on Sherman Street. His official title is director of marijuana coordination for the State of Colorado, a new position he accepted in 2014 at the behest of Gov. John Hickenlooper. The czar moniker conjures up a distorted image of the man himself, who is as brilliant and commanding as he is affable, humble and congenial....
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Half of Birthright applicants flunked this Israel test – can you do better?

Gabe Friedman To test your own knowledge, try JTA’s interactive quiz made up of 15 of the study’s questions. ... [Link]

Some Jewish refugees really were Nazis, and other illuminating facts

Ron Kampeas The United States grappled with how to deal with a refugee crisis, and folks complained that they would harbor hostile infiltrators. Five facts about Jewish refugees hoping for U.S. entry in the 1930s... [Link]

United Arab Emirates: Israel mission not sign of changed relations

Julie Wiener Israel is the only member of the Abu Dhabi-based International Renewable Energy Association to have a separate mission accredited to the association. ... [Link]

Border Police officer wounded in Nahariya stabbing; 43 Palestinians said hurt in skirmishes

Julie Wiener After stabbing the 37-year-old officer twice in the back near the Nahariya central bus station Friday night, the assailant fled the scene ... [Link]

From ‘Amy Winehouse sound’ creators, a funky Hanukkah anthem

Gabe Friedman Retro band Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings kicks off its new holiday album with “8 Days of Hanukkah” — an upbeat marriage of catchy soul music and Jewish cultural references. ... [Link]

Alan Gross: Memory of Holocaust survivor relatives got me through Cuban prison

Julie Wiener (JTA) — Alan Gross, the American Jewish government contractor who spent five years in Cuban prison, said thinking of his family members who survived the Holocaust was one of three things that helped... [Link]

8 of the coolest menorahs for this Hanukkah season

Gabe Friedman Another Hanukkah season means another chance to impress with a creative menorah choice. ... [Link]

Report: Senior Israeli officials fear PA collapse

Ben Harris The diplomatic-security cabinet held lengthy discussions about the possibility of a PA collapse Wednesday and Thursday, Haaretz reported, citing three sources who either attended the meetings or were ... [Link]

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