Features

Newsfeatures and service pieces exploring topics ranging from life on the West Bank to finding the perfect afternoon tea in Manhattan's swankiest salons.

How Biden’s Border Policies Will Increase Sex Trafficking of Children to US

April 19, 2021

by Heather Robinson

From The New York Post

One expert estimates that “60 percent” of Latin American children who set to cross the border alone or with smugglers “have been caught by the cartels and are being abused in child pornography or drug...

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Sami Steigmann crashes Clubhouse

April 2, 2021

by Heather Robinson

From The Jewish News Syndicate

The 81-year-old Holocaust survivor will engage in a cross-racial, intergenerational conversation via the social-media platform with thousands in honor of Yom Hashoah.

 

On a blustery day in late...

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Rabbis and Jewish ethicists hail vaccine for COVID-19, encourage its use

December 18, 2020

by Heather Robinson

From The Jewish News Syndicate

There’s no higher value in Judaism than protecting life itself, they say. Yet more than one poll has reported conflicting views about the public agreeing to get the vaccine, both in America and Israel.

This...

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Jewish voices continue to ring out from the battleground state of Pennsylvania

November 24, 2020

by Heather Robinson

From The Jewish News Syndicate

Home to as many as 450,000 Jews, in many ways it is similar to Michigan, Wisconsin and even Georgia when it comes to the politics that led to it being so contested this election season.

No state loomed...

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Jimmy Weldon, a liberator of Buchenwald, has a lot to say on life

November 19, 2020

by Heather Robinson

From The Jewish News Syndicate

The 97-year-old speaks about his career, his wife, how to fend off naysayers and about the imprint that Holocaust survivors have had on his psyche and his service for others.

Jimmy Weldon, 97, is a voice actor and...

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Facing aging and COVID, Jewish veterans stay the course, as they did during wartime

November 19, 2020

by Heather Robinson

From The Jewish News Syndicate

David Hymes, 103, of Chicago, a veteran of World War II, retired public accountant and former national commander of the Jewish War Veterans, offers his “old geezer” advice: “Live right, eat a balanced...

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Pre-election perspectives from Pittsburgh

November 4, 2020

by Heather Robinson

From The Spectator

On the eve of the 2020 election, as President Trump and former VP Joe Biden are neck-in-neck, Pennsylvania is emerging as the most significant state. Pollsters and pundits predict that, as this crucial swing...

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Honoring the two-year commemoration of Tree of Life shooting by building communal bridges

October 24, 2020

by Heather Robinson

From The Jewish News Syndicate

Rabbi Jeffrey Myers has led a movement to discourage vitriolic, menacing speech online—what he terms “H speech”—that he views as having been a contributing factor in the atrocity.

Rabbi...

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Tree of Life survivor: ‘There is so much goodness in the world, and we need to embrace it’

October 24, 2020

by Heather Robinson

From The Jewish News Syndicate

Andrea Wedner, who lost her mother in the 2018 shooting, focuses on the future and what she can do to help heal the Pittsburgh Jewish community.

Two years ago, Andrea Wedner was attending Shabbat-morning...

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Reflections of a Survivor on Second Anniversary of Tree of Life Shooting

October 4, 2020

by Heather Robinson

From The Jewish News Syndicate

Pittsburgh resident Judah Samet lived through the Holocaust and the assault on his synagogue, the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in U.S. history.

Judah Samet has been on the front lines of history...

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