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  • ‘Hakuna Matata’ meets tikkun olam

    By Maya Wergeles, Tribe Contributer

    July 31, 2008 | 1:26 am

    On Jan. 3, 2007 I accompanied my family to what I thought would be a normal dinner at a delicious Mexican restaurant. I was wrong.

    That was the night I found out that I would have to leave all of my friends and go away for six and a half months, spending about two months each in...

  • Don’t just sit there—do something

    By Laura Donney

    July 30, 2008 | 11:50 pm

    Monday, Aug. 4, marks the 10th year of the Teen Choice Awards, a ceremony that has put the limelight on every branch of entertainment imaginable -- from Choice Movie Villain to Choice TV Game Show to Choice Music: Love Song. And this year includes one more category: the Do Something...
  • Israeli teens with Turner’s find hope and kinship in Malibu

    By Dikla Kadosh

    July 30, 2008 | 11:44 pm

    In 1992, Beverly Daley, a clinical social worker at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, took a group of adolescents with Turner syndrome to Seville, Spain. In 1998, she led a similar group trip to Lisbon, Portugal. This year Daley brought two Israeli girls with Turner's to a part of the...
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  • Let the games begin!

    By Shoshana Lewin Fischer

    July 23, 2008 | 11:40 pm

    Aug. 8 is the start of the XXIX Olympiad (just a fancy way of saying the 29th Summer Olympics) in Beijing, China. The games bring together athletes from more than 200 countries to compete for national glory and gold, silver and bronze medals -- in a variety of sports (no, shopping is...
  • The painful truth about teen mouth piercing

    July 23, 2008 | 3:08 am

    A pierced tongue may be the height of cool in some teen circles, but a new study by Israeli researchers suggests that skin piercings in the mouth may lead to an increased risk of oral health problems and even tooth loss.

    The researchers from the School of Dental Medicine at Tel Aviv...

  • Keep religion out of presidential politics

    By Adam Deutsch, Tribe Contributor

    July 3, 2008 | 11:32 am

    Since last summer, when I volunteered for a Barack Obama event, I have received many nonsensical e-mails and heard many nonsensical arguments -- from friends and family as well as on TV -- about Sen. Obama's alleged lack of allegiance to the United States of America. Bias and...
  • Jewish identity defined—a la Facebook

    By Jina Davidovich, Contributing Writer

    July 3, 2008 | 11:30 am

    Ora Weinbach is not satisfied with merely calling herself a Jew. Instead, the recent high school graduate strives to put the za za zoo back into her religious observance by being an "impassioned Jew" -- a term she uses to define herself on Facebook.

    As opposed to the generic "Jewish...

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