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Sarah Waxman and I immediately bonded over our curly, Jew-fro-esque hair. As Jewish women have done for centuries, we swapped notes over the creams, conditioners, gels, and mousses we use to keep the frizz away. But what I really learned from Waxman, the founder of a Jewish women’s wellness initiative, was that my mental health deserves as extensive a...
Naomi Alderman has won the Baileys Prize for Fiction for her fourth novel, The Power. The announcement was made at a glitzy ceremony at London’s Royal Festival Hall tonight. Formerly the Orange Prize, the award is considered the most prestigious for fiction written by a woman. Ms Alderman — whose debut novel Disobedience was set within the Hendon Orthodox community — was...
Two rebbetzins gave birth to daughters on the same day in the same hospital, sparking celebrations in Liverpool’s Jewish community. Liat Lieberman, 29, of Allerton Synagogue, gave birth in the early hours of Monday morning and a few hours later Tzivia Brown, 38, of Chabad on Campus, had her daughter at Liverpool Women’s hospital. Rabbi Dan Lieberman said the coincidence had...
Jewish teenagers are more at risk of depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts as a result of exam stress, than those in wider society, according to Childline founder Dame Esther Rantzen. Dame Esther claims that community and familial pressures placed on young Jews to achieve makes them more susceptible to panic attacks, low self-esteem, and self-harming, and that it can make...
Three Olympic gold medals. Six total. Captain of the victorious 2012 and 2016 U.S. women’s gymnastics teams. Now Aly Raisman can add one more accolade to her list: Most famous Jewish athlete in the world. Raisman, 23, the two-time U.S. Olympian from Massachusetts, is the only Jew on ESPN’s 2017 list of the 100 most famous athletes worldwide. She sneaked in...
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In a garage-turned-recording studio, Sam Glaser spends his days — and many nights — producing albums for himself and others. On the road, however, this married father of three has an alter-ego, performing upwards of 50 shows a year in as many cities. His current tour, “Live 25,” marks a quarter-century of performing Jewish rock across the country at shuls,...
With a lifetime of loving and writing about sports, Ron Kaplan has many topics he can sink his teeth into. Add to that passion his time working for the American Jewish Congress and then for nearly a decade for the New Jersey Jewish News, and you can see why his publisher saw him as the perfect guy to tackle...
Holocaust survivor Roman Kent, who has been a leading voice for the rights of Holocaust survivors, was honored last month in Westchester by an organization that promotes Jewish identity and education among young Jews from the former Soviet Union. Kent, a survivor of the Lodz ghetto and four Nazi camps, including Auschwitz, was honored for his unceasing work in fighting...
In honor of this year’s Yom Yerushalayim, The American Sephardi Federation awarded its International Sephardic Leadership Award to former Mexican Ambassador to UNESCO Andrés Isaac Roemer Slomianski. The event, “Mexico and Moral Courage,” was held on Sunday, May 21st, at the Center for Jewish History. The evening featured remarks by Professor Ephraim Isaac, Director of the Institute for Semitic Studies...
Along with Marsden Hartley, Georgia O’Keeffe, Archibald Motley, Arshile Gorky, and Horace Pippin, Florine Stettheimer is one of the great American painters in the first half of the 20th century. There are lots of reasons why she has not been accorded the same status as Hartley and O’Keeffe, and more than a few have to do with deeply ingrained...

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