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17 July 2019 - 14 Tammuz 5779 - י"ד תמוז ה' אלפים תשע"ט
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Cantor Angela Warnick Buchdahl - the face of the modern Jew Print E-mail

People enter every encounter with preconceived notions and prejudices. To the majority of people, Angela Warnick Buchdahl does not look Jewish, but as she explains, “just being who I am forces people to alter their perceptions.”

Angela Warnick Buchdahl, though born in Seoul, Korea, is not only an Ashkenazi Jew but she is also the first Asian American to complete the Hebrew Union College rabbinic programme and cantorial programme.She now serves as the Cantor of Central Synagogue in New York.

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Sammy Samuels - Back to Burma/Myanmar Print E-mail

On 2 May 2008, Cyclone Nargis hit Burma, first attacking the southern part of Irrawaddy Division, then passing through Rangoon (Yangon) and the delta areas. In its wake, the cyclone left 133,000 people dead or missing. According to the United Nations, 2.4 million people required emergency aid, but five weeks after the storm, there were people still suffering.

Fortunately for me, I was living in New York, working for the American Jewish Congress. My family in Rangoon was not so fortunate, and they had to endure several hours of intense rain and wind as the storm made its way across Burma.

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Dror Cohen- going for the gold Print E-mail

Everything about Dror Cohen says winner: his athletic ability, his drive, his intelligence, his natural charm and his good looks. This gold medal winner is truly larger than life.

And he is confined to a wheelchair. When speaking with Dror about his accomplishments, this fact can somehow become a footnote, an afterthought. It is his character and soul that soar despite his handicap.

But in his words, “it is in the small moments” that the reality of his situation hits- like trying to navigate down a crowded driveway in a wheelchair in order to hail a taxi cab or his inability to pick up his toddler nephew and toss him into the air. This is how he expresses having to “wake up and again realise what you have lost.”

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