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  • Listener, advocate for the dying

    By Anita K. Kantrowitz

    January 5, 2012 | 4:32 pm

    Getting old, as Bette Davis famously said, is not for sissies. And developing a terminal illness, as Davis later learned, is no picnic either. Yet while most of us fear sickness, aging and the end of life, hospice volunteer Michael Curtis finds solace and purpose — pleasure, even...

  • Sarica C.

    by Seth Menachem

    January 4, 2012 | 1:12 pm

    I’ve become fascinated with meeting single peeps who are only children. Sarica is one of them. Whatever negatives there are growing up without siblings, the positives are immediately apparent. Sarica, like others I’ve met, is overachieving, confident and a natural leader. She...

  • Donna Tuna

    By Jane Ulman

    January 4, 2012 | 12:14 pm

    Suddenly, midday on Sept. 1, 1939, Donna Tuna — then Golda Tajchman — spotted planes flying low over her small town of Ryki, Poland, machine-gunning the inhabitants, who were running, panicked, in all directions. Donna, along with her mother, sister Regina, and younger twin...

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  • Who goes to Jewish adult ed?

    By Pini Herman

    January 4, 2012 | 11:59 am

    Formal adult education in America is more than 100 years old as a popular concept, having started at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1907. As a Jewish concept, it is embedded in the Torah. Before going to the Holy of Holies in the Temple on Yom Kippur, the high priest would...

  • Retraining programs get unemployment bump

    by Rachel Wizenfeld, Contributing Writer

    January 4, 2012 | 11:56 am

    Courtney Myrick, 27, trained to be a massage therapist several years ago but found that customer service jobs paid the bills. After 10 years in the industry, however, jobs became scarce and less stable. 

    After a layoff in June, Myrick enrolled in BankWorks, a free program...

  • Are you ready for an MBA?

    By Judy Gruen

    January 4, 2012 | 11:41 am

    Thinking of returning to school for an MBA? If so, you have lots of company. Highly ranked MBA — master of business administration — programs remain extremely competitive, despite the economic downturn. This is true not only for the full-time and part-time MBA programs that are...

  • Israel’s Mr. Basketball is also Mr. Goodwill

    by Jacob Kamaras / JointMedia News Service

    December 26, 2011 | 12:19 pm

    Selected 12th overall in the 1965 National Basketball Association draft, Tal Brody passed on the American Dream so he could help change the landscape of Israeli sports—turning down the Baltimore Bullets for a spot on Maccabi Tel Aviv.

    “It was a challenge to take a team that...

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