Marc Tracy

Blogging Through A Tough Battle

Three young girls with juvenile Tay-Sachs ? Dakota Bihn, Alexis Markowich, and Jashaia Small ? are currently receiving umbilical-cord-blood therapy at Duke University Medical Center. The girls are under the care of Dr. Joanne Kurtzberg, who, as the Forward reported last year, has already performed cord-blood therapy on children with Krabbé disease.

High School Seniors Open Interfaith Dialogue

During the last school year, seniors at the Abraham Joshua Heschel High School, on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, met regularly with their counterparts at Al-Iman, an Islamic day school in Jamaica, Queens.

Major League Baseball And JCCs Join Forces

In late June, the JCC Association of North America and Major League Baseball announced grants to sponsor the after-school Rookie League Pitching Machine Program at 10 JCCs around the country.The league is geared toward players 12 and younger who are making the transition from hitting the ball off a tee to live-pitch baseball.

Celebrating Independence ‘Jewish Style’

Taking a page from the Shavuot playbook — when Jews commemorate the giving of the Torah by staying up all night to study it — a group of Philadelphia Jews is planning to spend the evening of July 3 studying the country’s founding documents: “America’s Torah.”“We’re studying the Constitution and the Declaration

Kicker Gives Adopted Home a Nod

Though Israel is not among the 32 countries competing in the World Cup, Israeli soccer has not gone completely unrepresented at the quadrennial showdown now being contested in Germany.Today, Ghana’s John Paintsil is playing for his native land, but under normal circumstances he plays for Hapoel Tel Aviv. And so, when it came time

Jewish Reggae 101

Rapper Matisyahu already has ridden his unique blend of dancehall reggae and Lubavitch Hasidism to the top of the charts. Come this summer, his music will head somewhere new: a college classroom. In July, students at New Jersey’s Fairleigh Dickinson University will be able to decode the singer’s biblically inspired rhymes and rhythms

Subway Pulls Into New (Kosher) Station

The restaurant chain Subway prides itself on serving fast food that’s good for you. But now, for the first time, one of its sandwich shops is answering to a higher authority.The world’s first kosher Subway has opened at a Cleveland JCC, the Mandel Jewish Community Center — and the man who ultimately made it happen is a Lebanese