Laurie Stern


Even Joe Paterno Must Be Accountable

By 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.Read More


Obesity Plagues Some Jewish Schools

By Laurie Stern

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.Read More


I’ll Take Belgian Waffles With My Falafel, Please

By Maia Efrem and Laurie Stern

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.Read More


$1.5 Million for Atlanta Screening

By Laurie Stern

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.Read More


A Tough Year for Gaucher Sufferers

By Laurie Stern

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.Read More



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