At Tifereth Israel Congregation, on the northernmost tip of northwest Washington, just before the District of Columbia brushes against Maryland, there is a new book group. Named for Carla Cohen, co-owner of an iconic bookstore in the nation’s capital, the Sabbath-afternoon group will be reading this longtime congregant’s favorite books in her memory.6
?I won?t bore you with tales of my genitalia,? said Padma Lakshmi, co-founder with Dr. Tamer Seckin of the Endometriosis Foundation of America, at the foundation?s third annual Blossom Ball, held March 18 at the New York Public Library. Lakshmi, a model, actress, award-wining author and Emmy-winning host of Bravo?s ?Top Chef,? credited ?advanced gynecological surgeon? Seckin for having ?changed my life.
A prominent Syrian rabbi?s recent guilty plea and a new tell-all book that probes the underside of his insular community appear likely to confront Syrian Jews once more with a scandal that just won?t go away.
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