Laurie Stern

Even Joe Paterno Must Be Accountable

Joe Paterno?s firing amid a child abuse scandal unfolded on the national stage. One Penn State senior admires the coach, but worries that avodah zarah, idolatry, can be a dangerous thing.

Yum: William Bloom is a student at Gross Schecther Day School, which serves healthy fare in its cafeteria.

Obesity Plagues Some Jewish Schools

Maureen Benjamins is a senior epidemiologist at the Sinai Urban Health Institute, located in Chicago, and a few years ago she decided to survey the health of more than 200 Jews attending Talmud Torah day schools in two Chicago suburbs. The results were not what she expected: The obesity rate among Jewish day school children in the communities of West Rogers Park and Peterson Park was about double that of non-Jewish children.

I’ll Take Belgian Waffles With My Falafel, Please

At lunchtime on a street corner on the west side of Manhattan, a spot not typically known for its cuisine, people with palates from East and West line the sidewalk for one thing — falafel.

$1.5 Million for Atlanta Screening

A two-year pilot program that promotes genetic disease awareness and offers carrier screening will be introduced in Atlanta as a result of a $1.5 million grant from the Marcus Foundation, the philanthropy of Home Depot co-founder Bernard Marcus.

A Tough Year for Gaucher Sufferers

It has been a year filled with anxiety, fear and disappointment for sufferers from Gaucher disease, who are continuing to deal with the fallout from last year’s shutdown of a pharmaceutical plant.

Egon Schiele?s ?Portrait of Wally? depicts the painter?s mistress and model, Valerie ?Wally? Neuzil.
Fun in the Sun?: Bathers walk by site of planned Holocaust memorial in Atlantic City.

On the Boardwalk: Sand, Slots and the Shoah

On the ocean side of the famed Atlantic City boardwalk, between New York and Kentucky Avenues, sits a 60-by-40 foot blue and white pavilion.

School?s Out: Campers enjoy summer at Camp Young Judaea Sprout Lake in Verbank, N.Y.

Summer Camps Try To Stay Affordable for Parents in Tough Economic Times

With their bunk-crowded cabins, unpredictable changes in shower temperature and air conditioning usually limited to the infirmary, summer sleepaway camps hardly conjure thoughts of luxury.

Front Seat: Reporter Helen Thomas (center) questions President Obama during a press conference on May 27.

Rabbi: ‘Divine Intervention’ Played a Role

An e-mail inbox flooded with hate mail and death threats might force some people to consider a career change, but Rabbi David Nesenoff sees it as an opportunity.

With Grant to Museum, Greek Immigrant’s Story Continues

Thanks to a new grant, the vibrant spirit of 14-year-old Victoria Confino, a Greek Sephardic Jew who immigrated to the United States in 1916, will continue to be a part of Manhattan’s Lower East Side Tenement Museum.