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Ryan E. Smith

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Wonder women

I love strong Jewish women. You could say it started with one named Betty Lou Munk — I call her “Mom” — who in fact grew up Christian on ...
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Slice of heaven: the carving board takes sandwiches to new heights

It may sound like a sin to order spaghetti at an artisan sandwich shop, but not when the pasta is the bread. “We actually take cooked spaghetti, ...
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From Exodus to Israel in a month

During a recent Tot Shabbat at my synagogue, sometime between the kids “skipping, skipping, skipping” and “hopping, hopping, hopping” to ...
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Cheese Lasagna. Photos by Lynn Pelkey

Edible education at Brami’s Kosher Pizza

Yafa Samara still remembers the day her daughter Shelly Brami came home from a local restaurant and said she wanted to buy it. “My daughter ...
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Dina Garcia with her husband, Daniel, and son, Brandon. Photo courtesy of Dina Garcia

A special education

When Dina Garcia was born, she was blue and not breathing. Ten months later, her parents learned she has cerebral palsy, a neurological disorder ...
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