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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  • A new Gallup poll shows that only 25% of Americans under 35 support the war in #Gaza. Does this statistic worry you?
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  • "Israel should not let captives languish or corpses rot. It should do everything in its power to recover people and bodies. Jewish law places a premium on pidyon shvuyim, “the redemption of captives,” and proper burial. But not when the price will lead to more death and more kidnappings." Do you agree?
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  • Israeli soldiers want you to buy them socks. And snacks. And backpacks. And underwear. And pizza. So claim dozens of fundraising campaigns launched by American Jewish and Israeli charities since the start of the current wave of crisis and conflict in Israel and Gaza.
  • The sign reads: “Dogs are allowed in this establishment but Zionists are not under any circumstances.”
  • Is Twitter Israel's new worst enemy?
  • More than 50 former Israeli soldiers have refused to serve in the current ground operation in #Gaza.
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  • Undeterred by the conflict, 24 Jews participated in the first ever Jewish National Fund— JDate singles trip to Israel. Translation: Jews age 30 to 45 travelled to Israel to get it on in the sun, with a side of hummus.
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