Mark I. Levenstein

Scientists Meet To Discuss Rare Disorder

In what was the first meeting of its kind, respected neurologists from around the globe held a conference August 1 at which they committed themselves to increasing awareness of adult polyglucosan body disease, a rare genetic disorder occurring primarily among Ashkenazic Jews.

Yeshiva University Undergrads Take a Broad View of Humanitarian Efforts

Last January, 14 students from Yeshiva University traveled to Honduras during their winter break. But they weren’t there to snorkel or sunbathe or swim in the Caribbean; they spent their “vacation” in a mountain village without heat, electricity or plumbing, building a school for a community of Evangelical Christians.

Sporty Teens Learn Valuable Lessons

The Maccabi Games are back. In mid-August, some 5,000 Jewish teenage athletes from around the globe will gather in three North American cities to compete, forge friendships and develop Jewish values.

Pilot Program Focuses on Teacher Retention

The largest North American organization for Jewish educators is taking on the greatest challenge facing Jewish schools: employing and retaining quality teachers. The Coalition for the Advancement of Jewish Education recently released its third semiannual progress report on Project Kavod, a three-year pilot project designed to improve the

Zebrafish Provide Key to Unlocking Secrets of Fanconi Anemia

The zebrafish, an inch-long fish indigenous to the Ganges River in East India and Burma, is proving to be a useful animal for understanding Fanconi Anemia.Drs. John Postlethwait and Tom Titus of the University of Oregon’s Institute of Neuroscience told the Forward that they have almost completed mapping the protein sequence of the last

To Fight Hunger, Musician Starts Hunger Strike

A New York-based musician who played at the dedication of the Children’s Memorial Garden at the Museum of Jewish Heritage started a hunger strike at midnight on June 27, vowing not to eat until a major record label signs him.Rocco, whose “Gardens of Imagination” piece from his debut album, “A Walk With Rocco,” played at the April

Tempest in a Coffee Cup: Rabbi Wins Legal Battle

When Rabbi Israel Steinberg went to New York City’s Nations Café in November 1992, all he wanted was some coffee. Instead he got a 12 1/2-year legal battle.Last week the battle ended when the New York State Division of Human Rights ordered the Nations Café to pay Steinberg $500 compensation for the mental anguish he suffered when one

Authorities Probe Nursing Home Death

Police and government officials are investigating an incident at a nursing home in Rochester, N.Y., involving two female residents that was first reported as a homicide involving a 94-year-old victim and an 85-year-old suspect.Authorities now say criminal charges are unlikely, citing the mental state of the younger resident. Neither woman’s name