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Investing In A 529 Plan: Still A Smart Move?

Staff Writer
01/16/2009
The cost of a four-year private college education has passed the $150,000 mark — which is “enough to cause even the most affluent parent to want to sit down and cry,” according to Kalman Chany, author of the 2009 edition of the Princeton Review’s “Paying For College Without Going Broke.” And in 2009, the average one year tuition cost (including room and board, books, and other fees) will be $35,958 — up 5.5 percent from the previous year.

George Mitchell's Mideast job: Optimist in Chief?

The Politico's prolific Laura Rozen has an interesting and revealing item today discussing Middle East special envoy George Mitchell's interview with Charlie rose, in which he opines that Israeli-Palestinian negotiations “should last no more than two years.  We hope the parties agree. Personally,  I think it can be done in a shorter period of time.” Asked about the issue of Jerusalem, Mitchell concedes that it is “very complicated, difficult, emotional on all sides.” What tipped him off?

Mitchell’s Mideast job: Optimist-in-chief

Thursday, January 7th, 2010 The Politico’s prolific Laura Rozen has an interesting and revealing item today discussing Middle East special envoy George Mitchell’s interview with Charlie rose, in which he opines that Israeli-Palestinian negotiations “should last no more than two years.  We hope the parties agree. Personally,  I think it can be done in a shorter period of time.”

Blessing of the Sun - 1953

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009 Almost no one remembers anything about how the Blessing of the Sun was observed in 1953 or earlier. Reb Zalman Schachter, ordained by Chabad, told me he had no particular awareness of earlier blessings: “You got up in the morning, davened, and made a bracha.”   The Jewish Week & American Examiner, ancestor of the The Jewish Week, did not cover the 1981 ceremonies, but it did run one advance item – albeit buried on the bottom of page 42 – further illuminating how Brooklyn reacted in 1953.  

Israel Didn’t Leave, It Lost - Like Blanche DuBois

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009 The first rule of pride is this: When they run you out of town, walk like you’re leading the parade.   I’ll give Israel this: When international pressure got to be too much, Israel left Gaza as if it was Israel’s bright idea, “a unilateral ceasefire.”  

Obama’s Lost G’s & Southern Fried Hillary

Friday, October 10th, 2008 Sarah Palin’s cringe-inducing interview with Katie Couric, and her sometimes (oft-times?) clumsy phrasing has subjected her to considerable mockery. But some of the greatest political orators have had clunkers all their own.   Ted Kennedy, to name one.   In 1979, when he let it be known that he intended to challenge Pres. Jimmy Carter for the Democratic nomination, Kennedy was interviewed by Roger Mudd on CBS. What transpired was hardly inspiring.  

Obama’s Lost G’s & Southern Fried Hillary

Friday, October 10th, 2008 Sarah Palin’s cringe-inducing interview with Katie Couric, and her sometimes (oft-times?) clumsy phrasing has subjected her to considerable mockery. But some of the greatest political orators have had clunkers all their own.   Ted Kennedy, to name one.   In 1979, when he let it be known that he intended to challenge Pres. Jimmy Carter for the Democratic nomination, Kennedy was interviewed by Roger Mudd on CBS. What transpired was hardly inspiring.  

Resolving The Day School Crisis: It Takes A Mishpocha

Special To The Jewish Week
08/18/2009
Opinion Responding to families drowning in day school tuition bills, UJA-Federation of New York has proposed a bold plan to raise $300 million in endowments to expand scholarships. Can a massive undertaking like this actually succeed?

Learning Access, To Gain Access

Staff Writer
12/08/2009
For the past several years, Devorah has spent her professional life giving workshops on Jewish meditation, practicing holistic healing and acting as a life coach, as well as singing in the tradition of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach. She never thought much about seeking a stable career that would secure her future. But, now in her late 40s and with the economy dipping, these days Devorah worries more about the practicalities of life, like a pension, retirement benefits and security, than she ever did in the past.
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