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Dr. Mandy Cohen on Guiding North Carolina’s Pandemic Response Wearing a Chai Necklace

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Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, Dr. Mandy Cohen has provided steady guidance to the people of North Carolina. As the secretary of the North Carolina...

Rabbi Pamela Gottfried: Challah, High Holy Days and Remembering 9/11

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On Sept.11, Gottfried will be doing a Zoom event, “Observance: Ritual of Taking Challah & Prayers for Healing and Remembrance.” 

Musician and Emmy-Winner Hughie Stone Fish ‘Brings the Funny’ to His Activism

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The singer/songwriter/composer, who also plays the piano, guitar, bass, banjo and accordion, now adds Emmy winner and activist to his resume.

Kenneth Hoffman­: Executive Director of the Upcoming Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience

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Slated to open in New Orleans in the first quarter of 2021, the museum will explore the lives of Jewish Southerners from 13 states.

Garrett Reisman: The First Jewish Astronaut on the International Space Station

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With last month’s Space X launch of the Crew Dragon, there’s a renewed enthusiasm for space travel. While the interest may be new to...

Klezmer Musician Richárd Bernard on the OY!Stars

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Born in Brooklyn, Richárd Bernard grew up listening to the sounds we now associate with klezmer music. His family enjoyed listening to Yiddish and...

Tu B’Shevat and Joshua Abarbanel: An Artist Inspired by Nature

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The creations of Santa Monica-based artist Joshua Abarbanel can be found both nationally and internationally, in public exhibitions and private collections. His work is...

The Director of the Jewish Women’s Archive Asks ‘Can We Talk?’

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The nonprofit Jewish Women’s Archive (JWA) is dedicated to collecting and sharing the stories of Jewish women and their contributions throughout history. Part of...

Rabbi Eric Weiss: Healing the Sick

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Since 1991, the nonprofit Bay Area Jewish Healing Center has been providing spiritual care to a diverse Jewish community. Rabbi Eric Weiss, who in...

Naomi Firestone-Teeter: Between the Pages of the Jewish Book Council

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The Jewish Book Council (JBC) has officially been a nonprofit since 1944, although its roots go back to 1925. JBC’s origins are connected to...

The Non-Jewish Spanish Artist Who Makes Challah Covers

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Originally from Spain, creative artist Almudena Solana has called Los Angeles home for the past several years. In Spain, she was a journalist and...

Filmmaker Gayle Kirschenbaum: ‘Look at Us Now, Mother!’

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Filmmaker, producer and speaker Gayle Kirschenbaum has taken several challenging and interesting situations in her life and created films that are engaging and poignant....

Chef Lior Hillel Puts Openness, Hospitality on Menu

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Chef Lior Hillel is the successful co-owner of several popular restaurants. He and his partners, Robert and Danny Kronfli, recently renovated and updated their...

The Non-Jewish Custom Mezuzah Maker

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Ric von Neumann lives deep in a forest in Ontario, Canada, where he makes handcrafted custom mezuzot. However, von Neumann isn’t Jewish. He didn’t...

Changing ‘Little’ Lives With Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters

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Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles (JBBBSLA) matches boys and girls ages 6 and up with mentors to support them and help...

Chef Todd Ginsberg: Elevating Jewish Deli Food and Israeli Cuisine

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Named a James Beard semifinalist for Best Chef Southeast in 2014 and 2015, Chef Todd Ginsberg has made a name for himself in the...

Nati Passow: Combining Judaism and Food Justice

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When you combine deep passion for environmental issues, agriculture and Judaism, you have Nati Passow. As the co-founder and executive director of the nonprofit...

Kids Dentist Has a Magic Touch

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Most kids (and adults) hate going to the dentist, But in Elmwood Park, N.J., pediatric dentist Eyal Simchi has a few tricks up his...
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