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Jewish Genetic Diseases? There’s An App for That

By Aaron Yellin

Jewish Genetic Diseases? There’s An App for That
Move aside Angry Birds. There’s a new “killer app” in the iTunes store.Read More


Young Mom Chooses Breast Surgery To Secure Family's Future

By Aaron Yellin

Young Mom Chooses Breast Surgery To Secure Family's Future
The BRCA1 gene mutation meant Jill Steinberg faced likely breast cancer. To secure her family’s future, the young mom called radical surgery a ‘no-brainer.’Read More


Hockey Fans: Check Out This Play!

By Aaron Yellin

The Israeli National Ice Hockey team scored 26 goals in its rout of Greece at the International Ice Hockey Federation Division III championships this April, but only one of them was perhaps the goal of the year. Israel went on to win the tournament, but the most memorable part of their run was this play, courtesy of 19-year-old Eliezer Sherbatov. His gem was hidden for the last three months, until it was finally uploaded to YouTube last week, and has been viewed nearly 50,000 times since then. Enjoy!Read More


Why We Love Super Sam Fuld (So What If He's Only Part-Jewish?)

By Aaron Yellin

Why We Love Super Sam Fuld (So What If He's Only Part-Jewish?)
When we talk about Jewish athletes in American professional sports, we’re dealing with a very small spectrum. The only athletes at or near the top of their sports seem to be those Jews in baseball — where Kevin Youkilis, Ryan Braun and Ian Kinsler have all-star caliber talent.Read More


Israel To Participate in 2013 World Baseball Classic

By Aaron Yellin

Israel To Participate in 2013 World Baseball Classic
It might be high time for Major League all-stars like Ryan Braun and Kevin Youkilis to fully embrace their Jewish heritage — and they wouldn’t even have to leave the field to do so.Read More






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