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ASA’s call for academic boycott of Israel has invoked response by many
BY Melissa Gerr
January 9, 2014

Nearly 100 academic institutions from across the nation have issued formal statements rejecting the American Studies Association’s December vote on the endorsement of, and participation in, a boycott of Israeli academic institutions. Four American studies departments — at Brandeis University, Indiana University, Kenyon College and Penn State Harrisburg — have gone so far as to CONTINUE »

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Controversy surrounds ‘personal growth’ program that many call a cult
BY Joshua Runyan
January 9, 2014

On the surface, it all seemed so simple: Bring a group of men together to explore whatever was preventing them from individually achieving success, whether in business or in their professional and family relationships. It was touted as an earnest look at problems, both from a Torah perspective and from using therapeutic techniques developed from CONTINUE »

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Weinberg service coordinator is a one-woman service team
BY Heather Norris
January 9, 2014

For the residents of Weinberg Terrace and Weinberg Gardens, Raisa Massuda doesn’t just help them with their finances and party planning, she brings life to the tall brick towers. “She’s just a lovable lady,” said Beatrice Petty, a resident of Weinberg Gardens. “I’m truly blessed to have her.” As resident service coordinator at the senior CONTINUE »

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Artist, writer an inspiration for family, friends
BY Simone Ellin
January 9, 2014

When she passed away on Dec. 16 at the age of 106, Alice E. Krupsaw was one of the less than .02 percent of people in the United States whose lives reach the century mark. But to family and friends, she was one in a million. A retired federal government worker, Krupsaw was a resident CONTINUE »

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One man’s journey leads to much needed breast cancer documentary
BY Simone Ellin
January 2, 2014

Since before Alan Blassberg’s birth, breast cancer had taken a heavy toll on the 43-year-old Los Angeles-based television producer and his family. His grandmother succumbed to breast cancer two weeks before he was born; his aunt died from the disease at age 49, when he was 27; and his sister, Sammy Blassberg, learned she had CONTINUE »