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March 18, 1964: Norbert Wiener, Father of Cybernetics, dies

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Norbert Wiener, a child prodigy who became a world-renowned mathematician and anti-war spokesman, died on this date in 1964. Wiener was a leader in the field of cybernetics (a word he coined), the interdisciplinary...
Cave, Haidan A-Sham, Yemen, 1992. Photo courtesy of Zion Ozeri.

Photographer Zion Ozeri showcases Jewish diversity in virtual Haggadah

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Renowned Jewish photographer Zion Ozeri’s award-winning shots have appeared in The New York Times, Newsweek, The Jerusalem Report, Moment and The Economist, to name a few publications. After reviewing his pieces, Ozeri decided to create a virtual interactive Haggadah that highlights the...
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Grammy 2021: Tiffany Haddish wins with “Black Mitzvah”

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The Grammys awards ceremony is the panacea for every musical artist. While lights are always taken by other categories, comedy is also highly coveted. This year, the sense of humor so characteristic of the...
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 2016. Credit: Wikimedia Commons, official court portrait.

Two statues in New York City honor late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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Two statues honoring the late Jewish Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg are being unveiled in her home city of New York. A bronze statue of Ginsburg in Central Park will be unveiled on Friday,...
Norton Juster. Source: Reading Rockets/YouTube.

Norton Juster, 91, took boredom and turned it into fantasy for kids and adults...

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Celebrated author Norton Juster, whose most popular book, The Phantom Tollbooth, sold more than 5 million copies, died at his home on March 8 at the age of 91. Norton Juster’s books—more than a dozen of...

March 12, 1999: Violinist Yehudi Menuhin Dies at 82

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Music, the world-famous violinist who first dazzled audiences as a child and who later became a statesman in promoting music as a path to international understanding, died March 12 in a Berlin hospital after...

March 10, 1867: Lillian Wald, American nurse and social worker who founded the United...

Lillian Wald, founder of the United States Community Nurses Movement, is born Lillian D. Wald, (born March 10, 1867, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.—died Sept. 1, 1940, Westport, Conn.), American nurse and social worker who founded the...
Olivier Dassault. Credit: Gabriel Erem.

Killed in helicopter crash in France, Olivier Dassault, 69, leaves personal legacy upon family...

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On Sunday afternoon, March 7, my phone rang. The call came from a friend in Paris telling me about a fatal helicopter crash in which one of the victims was my dear friend, Olivier...
International Women's Day logo. Credit: Courtesy.

Two steps forward: Women talk of an age of opportunity

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Civil-rights activist Shirley Chisholm once remarked, “If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.” That motto ran through the veins of so many women in the 1960s and...
Jewish community members at synagogue in Agadir City, Morocco. Photo by Abir Sultan/Flash90.

Moroccan Jews reflect on their heritage and tradition post-normalization with Israel

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Experts in global Jewish history believe that highlighting minority voices within the Jewish community has the power to honor its nuances and interconnectedness. JNS’s new series highlighting Jewish ethnic minorities aims to elevate their...