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‘LegoMan’ wishes children did not need him so

Maor Cohen is known at Ezer Mizion as the Lego Man. He runs a workshop for kids with cancer and their siblings using lego as a medium enabling them to cope with their fears and anxieties. For those children who are unable to attend the workshops he makes hospital visits.  Always smiling on the outside, one cannot imagine where he finds […]

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Israeli paramedic joins in Wyoming resue

JERUSALEM (Press Release) –– Gavy Friedson, a former Jerusalemite and a United Hatzalah volunteer EMT, saved a young boy in Jackson Hole, Wyoming while he was on tour explaining how the organization works to local EMS teams. During the lecture to the Jackson Hole ambulance department and EMS teams, the local teams received a call […]

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MSW classes changed my life’s trajectory

By Natasha Josefowitz, Ph.D. LA JOLLA, California –Columbia University recently sent out a letter asking their alumni to write about the impact of the classes at Columbia on their lives after graduation. I wrote the following as a response to their request and thought it might also be interesting as a column: At my graduation […]

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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos kicks off emotional battle over campus sexual assault rules

WASHINGTON — After barely surviving her confirmation battle and facing sporadic protests during visits to schools, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos could hardly have teed up a more fraught, emotional and divisive issue to launch her tenure: campus sexual assault. Although almost no one is happy with the Obama administration’s efforts to prod colleges and universities […]

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Armed with soap, Jewish teen targets disease and poverty in the Third World

Sydney Kamen saw 1.8 million dying annually due to poor hygiene. Now, her nonprofit trains women and children to recycle, resell, and teach others about proper soap use By Abigail Pickus Sydney Kamen has always been concerned with helping others. In 2004, when genocide was raging in the Darfur region of Sudan, Kamen’s mother announced […]

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Massive caves in southern Brazil are actually ancient ground sloth burrows

Usually, tunnels are made either by human engineers or flowing water. But near the town of Novo Hamburgo, Brazil, there are tunnels large enough to drive a car in that were dug by neither – instead, these are the work of ancient, giant sloths. Image credits Amilcar Adamy. The massive burrows are estimated to be […]

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Texas House Votes To Limit Abortion Access

Texas is moving toward a plan that could see women buy insurance coverage for abortions after a House vote derided by critics as “ridiculous and cruel.” The GOP-controlled House voted 95-51 Tuesday in favor of restricting abortion coverage in health insurance, under a rule that would ban coverage in private health insurance and force women […]

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A 13 million year old skull could show us what our ancestors looked like

A complete skull of an ancient infant primate was found in northern Kenya “Alesi” is only about the size of a lemon, but could be a common ancestor of apes and humans dating back 13 million years. Fred Spoor In September of 2014, a cigarette break would lead to an incredibly important discovery of a […]

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Swastika spray painted on Hebrew University campus

JERUSALEM (Press Release) –A swastika was spray-painted on one of the buildings of the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, which resides in Hebrew University’s Mount Scopus campus in Jerusalem. This is the second time in two weeks that swastikas have been found at the Hebrew University campus. Last week, students were shocked to discover […]

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‘Smileys’ in work emails can create bad impressions

HAIFA, Israel (Press Release) — Do you assume that adding a smiley to work-related emails can help you make a positive first impression? A new study has found that a smiley is not regarded the same way as a smile, and can actually have a negative impact on the initial impression created in formal work-related […]

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Families bear the burden of this disease in silence. Pope Francis made us into a community

VATICAN CITY – We are waiting for the pope. He is supposed to come at 11. But then we are told he will arrive at 11:30. The crowd sighs in expectation. People turn to each other and smile, hold hands, murmur in various languages. A few rows ahead of me, a mother juggles a toddler […]

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Glen Campbell’s Alzheimer’s battle added heroic coda to a pop-country star’s life

LOS ANGELES — I witnessed up close the ravaging effect that Alzheimer’s disease was having on Glen Campbell in the later years of his life. This was in 2011, when I interviewed him at his Malibu home shortly after he’d gone public with his diagnosis. At that point, although his short-term memory was failing rapidly, […]

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Women Have More Active Brains Than Men

The brains of men and women really are different, with certain regions of the female brain being more active than male ones, according to new research. According to a study in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, researchers used a special kind of CT scan that, in addition to taking 3-D images of the brain’s anatomy, […]

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SWU introduces Israel program for middle schoolers

LOS ANGELES (Press Release)  — A new middle school curriculum, LINK — Discovering Your Israel Connection — is now available nationwide.  The 6-lesson unit allows students to explore the historic Jewish roots to Israel while discovering their own personal, modern connection. Through a sophisticated, interactive, on-line application, LINK was developed by teachers, curriculum writers and […]

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