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Gigi McKendrick

Gigi McKendric, artist and child of the Holocaust, on a lifetime of creation

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"You can call them ‘Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow,’” said artist Gigi McKendric, standing among several sculptures that ranged from completed faces and abstract figures...
Lisa Woolfson with sister and grandfather

Much of my grandfather’s life is classified but the rest is pretty special

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By Lisa Woolfson When my sister and I were little and we visited my grandpa, all we thought he did was play cards and watch...

After 80 years of marriage, a couple reflects on a lifetime together

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Lou Bluefeld and Edith Seidel met when they were teenagers, on a summer evening in 1937, at the New Howard Hotel where the Criterion...

Summer camps look to past lessons for future sessions

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We may still be in the middle of winter, but it’s not too early for parents to start planning for their children’s’ summer break,...
Ella Kagan

Ella Kagan, Russian-Jewish school founder, preserves her culture

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By Eric Schucht At the time, the presence of the photocopier was peculiar. Ella Kagan was at the Vienna airport after leaving the Soviet Union for...
David Schoenbaum

Of Nazis and violins: David Schoenbaum dives into history

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By Eric Schucht Nazi Germany, U.S.-Israel relations and violins. Three topics with at least two things in common. All involve Jews. And all have been...
candy crush

A grandparent’s guide to smartphone gaming

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By Eric Schucht It’s day whatever in these uncertain times, and you’re bored. So, what can you do? Maybe give video games a try? But dropping hundreds...
Mollie Witow

Community college’s oldest student turns 100

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By Lisa Woolfson Mollie Witow has led a life filled with traveling and solar eclipses. She’s assisted German atomic scientists, worked as a librarian and...

Practical tips for surviving distance learning while working at home

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By Melissa Henriquez | Kveller via JTA When our kids’ school district sent out a survey in July asking parents their return-to-school plan, we checked...
Photo by The Blue Card

Blue Card supports Holocaust survivors during the pandemic

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A teenage boy wanted to make a difference in someone’s day, so nonprofit The Blue Card connected him with an 85-year-old homebound Holocaust survivor...