Articles by Deborah Moon


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Judaism is more than skin deep

“When we try to look our best, we beautify the vessel, so our beautiful soul shines through,” says image consultant Diane Faith. She notes that synagogues keep their Torah scrolls in beautiful arks and often dress the scroll in a bejeweled and ornate mantle that reflects love and respect for the Torah. “When you carry…

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Adaptability key to moving on

Three years ago, my father-in-law, now 96, traded his bicycle for a recumbent trike. Freed from the fear of falling and breaking a hip or shoulder as he had seen friends do, he continued his cycling adventures. But the heavier cycle and different muscles needed to pedal made climbing hills a slow, tiring process. Concerned…

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WOW! Women of the Wall to visit Arizona

Founded in 1988 to secure women’s rights to pray and read Torah at the Western Wall, Women of the Wall has become not only a battle for women’s status and pluralism in Israel, but also a role model for women seeking parity in other countries and religions. “This is a marathon and we still have…

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Preserving first-person testimony

The recent donation of materials about Luba Tryszynska, “The Angel of Bergen-Belsen,” adds an important message to the collection of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. “As important as it is to know about man’s capacity for evil, it is also important to know man’s capacity for good,” says Judith Cohen, the museum’s chief acquisitions curator….

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Family company branches out, grows big time

From its roots in the lumber industry, the Oregon Pacific Investment and Development Company has grown into the owner/manager of multifamily housing, retail and industrial properties in three states. Despite the firm’s name, “we are no longer developers,” says Co-President Julie Saltzman Leuvrey, daughter of company founder Jack Saltzman, z”l. “We have switched our strategy…

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Billy Crystal has some tales to tell

Billy Crystal invites Phoenicians to sit down for an informal after-dinner conversation at the Symphony Hall February 19 as he spins stories from his multi-faceted life and career. The evening is part of the comedian/actor/director/author’s “Spend the Night with Billy Crystal” U.S. tour. Calling it a sit-down show, Billy says the audience will feel like…

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BDS onslaught drives Milan Chatterjee to activism

The son of immigrants from India, Milan Chatterjee grew up deeply immersed in Indian and Hindu culture. Though he became president of the UCLA Graduate Students Association, he was apolitical. So when he was targeted by supporters of the Boycott, Divest, Sanction movement, he was very surprised but assumed the university would deal with it….

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Books make great gifts

I remember years ago one of my sons telling his brother that the secret of reading was to “be in the book.” It was a comment I wholeheartedly believe. Books have the power to transport us to different worlds, to help us understand others’ struggles, to inspire us to explore. For all of those reasons,…

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