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A Holocaust Survivor Reunites with Newly Discovered Nephew

KFAR SABA, Israel (AP) — Eliahu Pietruszka shuffled his 102-year-old body through the lobby of his retirement home toward a stranger he had never met and collapsed into him in a teary embrace. Then he kissed both cheeks of his visitor and in a frail, squeaky voice began blurting out greetings in Russian, a language he hadn’t spoken in decades.

Only days earlier, the Holocaust survivor who fled Poland at the beginning of World War II and thought his entire family had perished learned that a younger brother had also survived, and his brother’s son, 66-year-old Alexandre, was flying in from a remote part of Russia to see him.

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On the Streets, the Eyes of the Homeless Reveal Many Stories

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It’s easy to walk past the homeless, to disregard the guy lying on the street or ignore the woman standing at an intersection holding a handwritten sign with a plea for help.

It’s harder to look away when you’ve seen their eyes.

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A Hospital Crisis Is Killing Rural Communities. This State Is ‘Ground Zero.’

GLENWOOD, Ga. ― If you want to watch a rural community die, kill its hospital.

After the Lower Oconee Community Hospital shut down in June 2014, other mainstays of the community followed. The bank and the pharmacy in the small town of Glenwood shuttered. Then the only grocery store in all of Wheeler County closed in the middle of August this year.

On Glenwood’s main street, building after building is now for sale, closing, falling apart or infested with weeds growing through the foundation’s cracks.

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Study finds Asian-Americans rarely on TV, often play ‘tokens’

LOS ANGELES — TV’s Asian-American characters are so frequently slighted that even programs set in the biggest, most diverse cities leave them out of the picture, a new study found.

For “Tokens on the Small Screen,” professors and scholars at six California universities looked at 242 broadcast, cable and digital platform shows that aired during the 2015-16 season and tallied the numbers, screen time and portrayals of characters of Asian or Pacific Islander descent among 2,000 TV characters.

The report released Tuesday, a followup to broadcast TV studies done in 2005 and 2006, found increasing opportunities for Asian-American actors but concluded they are still underrepresented and “their characters remain marginalized and tokenized on screen.”

There was a sense of optimism with the emergence of ABC’s “Fresh Off the Boat” and “Dr. Ken” and Netflix’s “Master of None,” all starring and focused on Asian-Americans, said Nancy Wong Yuen, a Biola University associate professor and one of the study’s authors.

“It felt like, ‘Oh, we’re finally making it,’ ” Yuen said in an interview. “But even (“Dr. Ken” star) Ken Jeong said, ‘Of this many shows, we only have three?’

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Harvard Law memorial honors slaves owned by school’s founder

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) – Harvard Law School has installed a memorial honoring slaves who were owned by one of the school’s founders…

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AP PHOTOS: Egypt woman gives wake-up call to Ramadan fasters

CAIRO (AP) – Just before dawn, Dalal Abdel-Qader paces the streets of Cairo, beating a drum and calling out to her neighbors…

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Fighting For Religious Freedom As Father, Husband, Minister And Gay

Check out this piece by Reverend Paul Brandeis Raushenbush on LGBTQ pride and Religious Freedom here !

The Pizmon Group – One Day Salaam

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Kraft Global Fellows|Pizmon Summer 2017

Read here the full story on the Pizmon group’s visit to Chile.

Pizmon A Capella Photo Montage

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