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Simran Jeet Singh Named Columbia’s First-Ever Sikh Religious Adviser

“Educator and activist Simran Jeet Singh, GSAS ’08, ’12, and ’16, has been appointed as Columbia’s first-ever Sikh Religious Life Adviser. Singh will join Columbia’s 15 other Religious Life Advisers, clergy and spiritual advisers that oversee Columbia’s various faith groups with support from “sending organizations” outside of the University. Singh—whose sending organization is the Sikh […]

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‘I Read Morning, Night and in Between’: How One Novelist Came to Love Books

“For years my life followed a predictable pattern: I would sneak out of the house, play football with the neighborhood kids until dark and promptly contract malaria. Football was so intoxicating that I was willing to risk anything — the threat of punishment, injuries, even sickness — to play it. Soon enough, my mother would […]

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Everything Is for Sale Now. Even Us.

“The constant pressure to sell ourselves on every possible platform has produced its own brand of modern anxiety.” Read the full story

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Pizmón Reflection

By Avidan Halivni Pizmon prides itself on being an outreach group. One of the slogans I heard when I first joined the group was that Pizmon is not an a cappella group that does musical outreach, but rather that it is an outreach group that uses a cappella music to carry out its mission. Though […]

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For Jewish Israelis of Yemenite Heritage, Reviving a Past

“Prewedding henna ceremonies have regained popularity in Israel’s Jewish Yemenite community, an expression of ethnic pride in their heritage and traditions.” Read the full story

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A Toy Monkey That Escaped Nazi Germany And Reunited A Family

“The monkey’s fur is worn away. It’s nearly a century old. A well-loved toy, it is barely 4 inches tall. It was packed away for long voyages, on an escape from Nazi Germany, to Sweden and America. And now, it’s the key to a discovery that transformed my family. The monkey belonged to my father, […]

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Scholar Who Escaped Nazis Dies After a Push by a Subway Rider in a Rush

“Among the thousands of commuters traveling through Pennsylvania Station late last month was Kurt Salzinger, a native of Austria who fled the country as the Nazis marched in. He distinguished himself years later in the United States as a scholar in the field of behavioral psychology. Dr. Salzinger, 89, and his wife were on their […]

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Chaplain’s Tea on 10/30/18

Enjoying dinner at Chaplain’s Tea Discussing change experienced at Columbia Listening to peer discussion Responding to a reading by MLK

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UPDATE: The concert in St. Paul’s Chapel on October 31st is canceled.

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Used to Hearing ‘Shabbat Shalom,’ a Historic Jewish Enclave Rings Out With Gunshots

“Saturday morning in Squirrel Hill has for more than 100 years meant certain familiar rituals. The handing out of prayer books as latecomers quietly arrive at temple, the genial shouts of ‘Shabbat shalom’ across neighborhood streets as friends spot old friends after services. This is the heart of Jewish Pittsburgh, one of the most deeply […]

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