Chavie Lieber


Medical Ethics Program Takes Aim at BRCA 'Jewish' Gene Mutation

By Chavie Lieber

Medical Ethics Program Takes Aim at BRCA 'Jewish' Gene Mutation
Angelina Jolie’s decision to have breast cancer surgery struck a nerve in the Jewish world. A new medical ethics program is taking a second look at the risks of the BRCA gene mutation.Read More


Rav Ovadia Yosef's Mission to Free Agunot

By Chavie Lieber

Rav Ovadia Yosef's Mission to Free Agunot
Today, the Jewish world mourns a great loss: Rav Ovadia Yosef, a spiritual leader of the Sephardic community and founder of the Shaas Party has passed away.Read More


Jewish Gap-Year Program Opens in Portland

By Chavie Lieber

Jewish Gap-Year Program Opens in Portland
A new social justice program teaches teens construction skills and Jewish texts. It’s designed for those who want to take time off before college, without journeying to Israel.Read More


Bette Midler Sings 'Wind Beneath My Wings' to Dying Cancer Patient

By Chavie Lieber

Bette Midler Sings 'Wind Beneath My Wings' to Dying Cancer Patient
Here’s your dose of heartbreaking entertainment news.Read More


Martin Scorcese Thinks Jonah Hill Is Awesome

By Chavie Lieber

Martin Scorcese Thinks Jonah Hill Is Awesome
Jonah Hill seems to have some sort of a personality complex. Although he’s starred in mainly silly comedies such as “Super Bad,” “21 Jump Street,” and the “Sitter,” he still feels the need to tell writers he’s a serious actor with a legitimate career.Read More






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