Staying Healthy In A Sick Economy

Staff Writer

Each day, Joyce Traina works with seniors who are straining to make ends meet while staying healthy — struggling with impossible life choices, like whether to fill this month’s prescription or stock up on nutritious foods.

Seniors all across the country are suffering the blows of the economic recession, and some are facing such detrimental decisions regarding their personal health and welfare.

Learning Access, To Gain Access

Staff Writer

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.


Book Of LOVE

Special To The Jewish Week

As often happens, Shirley Friedenthal recently met a beautiful older woman who lives alone. And as also often happens, Friedenthal soon learned the details of the woman’s love life. The woman confided that she’s 77, still working, and still very interested in men. Alas, she didn’t know how to find one.


The Shortest Commute

Assistant Managing Editor

When Stuart Reichman, a chef from Teaneck, N.J., was forced out of his job at a large kosher processing plant due to downsizing last year, he put what he had learned there to good use.

“I had never worked in a factory before,” said Reichman, 44. “It was a very different kind of work, and I learned about production, quality control and the creativity of making a new product. I also came across ingredients that in all my years of cooking I had never come across.”


Scaling the Language Barrier

Special To The Jewish Week

Driven by Zionism, native New Yorkers-cum-Chicagoans Gershom and Bobbie Lichtenberg immigrated to Israel two years ago, leaving behind their adult children and their ability to speak the local language. Both joined ulpan programs at level Aleph — the lowest, for beginners — and, compounding their challenge, chose specifically to live in a mostly Russian neighborhood so that they’d have no choice but to learn conversational Hebrew.

Rebuilding Community In The West


Scottsdale, Ariz. — Jean and Arnold Palestine are glad to be back home — an attached condo unit overlooking the craggy red mountains of the Arizona desert.

Having just returned from a winter visit to Florida, the octogenarian New Yorkers are pleased that they chose to retire to the arid Western desert in 1992 rather than move down south.

Settler Sponsor Target Of Probe

Staff Writer
Spurred by a grass-roots alliance of local Jews, Latinos, labor unions and clergy, California’s state legislature is investigating the business dealings of Dr. Irving Moskowitz, a controversial sponsor of Jewish settlements in Arab neighborhoods of east Jerusalem.

Formal Charges Loom For Jailed Iranian Jews

Staff Writer
After nearly seven months in jail, 13 Iranian Jews imprisoned by their government on suspicion of spying for Israel and the United States faced the prospect of formal charges Thursday. Iranian Jewish activists here said the government had completed its investigation of the 13 and was prepared to announce its results. They cited Manouchehr Eliassi, the Jewish community’s official representative in Iran’s parliament, as among their sources.

Alleged NPR Bias: A Matter For Congress?

Staff Writer
Taking its complaints about biased reporting to a new level, a pro-Israel media monitoring group is urging Congress to investigate public radio’s Mideast coverage. In an April 2 ad on The New York Times opinion page, the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America, or CAMERA, skewered National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” news program for “distortion,” “error” and “endemic bias” against Israel.

Despite Progress, Showdown Looms

Lawrence Cohler-Esses is a staff writer. James D. Besser is Washington correspondent.
Like Lucy holding out her football for Charlie Brown to kick again, President Clinton, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat once more raised the world’s expectations Monday for a breakthrough on their long-stalled peace agreement. But when the three faced an expectant White House press corps after their meeting, Clinton again voiced the phrases heard so often before.
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