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Michele Goldman

  • Somewhere Over the Rainbow

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    As I leave the world of Jewish Day schools and begin college, I journey like Dorothy into the mysterious Land of Oz.

    Wearing cropped jeans (instead of a blue-checkered dress), I anxiously follow the yellow brick road (or Interstate 5) to Stanford University.

    Halfway there, a...

  • Musical Memory

    November 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Ever since I was a toddler, I knew that my grandmother, Lisa Jura Golabek Roberts, was a Holocaust survivor.

    During our piano lessons, she awed me with stories of her past. As a little girl, she was a child prodigy in Vienna; when Hitler rose to power, Lisa's parents sent her on the...

  • Religion Blossoms for Bialik

    October 10, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Mayim Bialik's nickname on campus is "Super Jew." The down-to-earth 26-year-old who starred for five years in the hit sitcom "Blossom" has ceased acting, focusing her attention instead on Judaism.

    She is currently studying neuroscience for her graduate degree at a prestigious...

  • Those Were the Days

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Minnie Brandt was raised in the poor section of Cleveland in the 1920s. Her father, an immigrant from the Ukraine, supported his family by taking a horse and wagon to get rags, paper and cans for recycling. Her childhood was simple: At school she learned how to add, read, write, cook...

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  • We Need Self-Defense

    July 25, 2002 | 7:59 pm

    I'm 16 years old. People often ask me, "How do you feel growing up in this crazy time?"

    "Terrified," I answer.

    In a year replete with terrorism, suicide bombers, serial killers, kidnappers and rapists, my peers and I are horrified -- horrified of what the world is becoming.

    One might...

  • A Nightmare on Wedding Street

    July 11, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    As a little girl, Anna* always dreamed of a perfect wedding. Then, at 32, after a three-and-a-half-year engagement, she was ready to realize that dream. But recently, what she thought was going to be a dream, turned into a nightmare.

    First, there were the fights with her mother over...

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