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Cantor Weiss and wife Roz committed to chazzanut, one-on-one outreach

Cantor Weiss and wife Roz committed to chazzanut, one-on-one outreach

Cantor Moshe and Roz Weiss are one of those couples who have been together so long and know each other so well that they finish each other’s sentences.

Roz knows as much about Moshe’s family history as he does — maybe even more.  And each one is prouder of the other’s professional accomplishments than they are of their own. They are each other’s biggest fans.

The walls of the Weisses’ spacious, tasteful Berkshires at Lowry apartment comprise a museum of the life they have built, individually and together.

Early days

First, there are photos of Cantor Weiss’ father and grandfather.

Moshe Weiss was born in Romania. He came to New York with his family in 1937 at age 8. His family consisted of his father, who was a shochet, his mother, a brother and a sister.

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Allison Winn survived a malignant brain tumor and is now helping others

Allison Winn survived a malignant brain tumor and is now helping othersAllison Winn is 13. For some parents, the age alone signals trouble. But Allison — a slight girl with cool glasses and sleek dark hair — is bright, reserved, disarmingly honest and super polite. Accompanied by her mother Dianna Litvak, Allison walks down the IJN hallway with wary confidence. Would she like her mother be present during the interview? “Yes,” she says emphatically. Asked and answered. Her Bat Mitzvah announcement, which appeared in the Aug. 9, 2013 IJN, contained a small,...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 10 October 2013 12:46 )

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Multifaceted Sally Metzger looks back on a varied career

Multifaceted Sally Metzger looks back on a varied careerIn 1992, when Sally Steele Metzger retired from the professional world, she made a promise to herself to write a book. It was to be a family history, for one thing. It would include stories about her grandmother’s youth in Russia, the family’s narrow escapes from Cossacks during pogroms, the tragedies the family suffered there; and about her mother, a legal stenographer in Denver, who once faced down a gun-toting, disgruntled wife of a client and lived to tell the tale. The book would als...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 10 October 2013 12:46 )

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Lead CU nephrology researcher doubles up as synagogue president

Lead CU nephrology researcher doubles up as synagogue presidentDespite Dr. Moshe Levi’s 50-page CV documenting his achievements in the field of nephrology, his humility reduces the voluminous bundle into a few well-chosen, passionate paragraphs. Levi, casually dressed and sporting a kippah, has a friendly, candid and accessible demeanor. He quickly translates technical medical jargon into plain English the moment he catches a confused look. The head of nephrology research at the UCD Anschutz Medical Campus, Levi supervises a large team investigating the...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 10 October 2013 12:28 )

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IST director is Samet's dream job

IST director is Samet's dream jobJosh Samet may have just become CAJE’s director of IST in May of this year at age 40, but he’s been prepping for the job ever since the third grade, in one leadership position after another. He just didn’t realize it. Josh Samet was different from most Jewish kids at the age of eight. He already had a sense of a greater Jewish community beyond his own family and synagogue. You see, his mother Diane Samet was a religious and preschool music teacher who rode the circuit between several syn...
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Uriel Heilman The principal of an Orthodox day school in New York who suggested that students might want to conceal signs of their Jewishness while walking around the neighborhood disagrees — with himself. ... [Link]

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