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Souvlaki And Security

08/06/2004
Staff Writer
To open a kosher restaurant, you have to lease the space, order food, buy pots and pans, train chefs in the laws of kashrut and hire a mashgiach. In Athens on the eve of the Olympic Games, you also have to arrange for security guards. “We’re very concerned about [security],” Rabbi Mendel Hendel said in a phone interview from Athens.

Eyes On The Prize

12/17/2004
Staff Writer
At 4 she became part of history as the patient in a medical experiment — the recipient of a then-rare cornea transplant. At 16, she made history again, because of a medical experiment she had conducted. Taylor Bernheim, a junior at Ramaz day school in Manhattan, last week was named winner of a $50,000 second prize in the annual Siemens Westinghouse science competition.

The Keys To Diplomacy

11/26/2004
Staff Writer
During an academic conference in Boston last month, Sasha Toperich, a multilingual native of Bosnia-Herzegovina, presented a speech on recent political developments in the Balkans. That was appropriate — Toperich is a diplomat. Toperich also gave a concert during the two-day conference. That, too, was appropriate — he’s a concert pianist.

The Ark Of History

11/19/2004
Staff Writer
Every year for the past quarter-century, Rick Landman has held the same Torah scroll during the hakafot dancing on Simchat Torah at Congregation Beth Simchat Torah in Greenwich Village. The sefer Torah belongs to him.

Coming Out And Coming Home

11/19/2004
Staff Writer
‘Mom, do you have a minute.” My mother was sitting at her desk in our family’s dank, basement business office. I was on my way to work. “Sure,” she said. She turned away from her desk. I took a breath. I was about to tell my mother something about me that would forever change my relationship with her and my family, something that those closest to me had suspected for a while, something that many people like me felt.

A Bounce For Israel PR

11/12/2004
Staff Writer
Dozens of young Israelis have traveled to three continents on a privately sponsored public relations campaign for the Jewish state because Joey Low asked himself a question two years ago. Low, a national Hillel board member who lives in Purchase, found that “college kids knew nothing about Israel” and he wondered, “What can we do to change that?”

Passion At The Polls

11/05/2004
Staff Writer
Entering a Borough Park public school early Tuesday, David Tilis was emphatic about his pick for president. “I’m Jewish, so it has to be [George W.] Bush,” said Tilis, 21, a mortgage broker en route to casting his vote for the Republican incumbent. “I don’t understand how any Jew could vote for [Sen. John] Kerry. Yasir Arafat is for him.”

A Life-Saving Gift

11/08/2002
Staff Writer
The symptoms — fatigue, a “really bad cough” — struck Lauren Weisman 10 years ago, a few weeks after she gave birth. The diagnosis, after three misdiagnoses, was cardiomyopathy, a rare form of heart disease. Her condition worsened within months. “Nothing” — not medicine, not rest — “was helping me,” said Weisman, of Holbrook, L.I., who was on maternity leave from her job as a speech therapist.
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