Friday, January 30, 2015 Shevat 10, 5775

Down Mexico way, peace and quiet -- and contortions
By:
Lauren Kramer, Jewish Exponent Feature
Puerto and Nuevo Vallarta have become thriving tourist destinations where big-name hotels jostle for space along the beachfront, and the Mexican experience becomes one of turquoise swimming pools and all-inclusive resorts. But I was headed for something quite different, a yoga and surf retreat 35 miles north in a town called Sayulita. Sayulita. The word dances from the lips with...
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A mother's journey to help her sons heal meant re-evaluating that confidence
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Lori Samlin Miller, Jewish Exponent Feature
"No mother wants her child to suffer," Haleh Rabizadeh Resnick states in the beginning of her story, introducing the duality she explores in her new book, Little Patient, Big Doctor: One Mother's Journey . On the surface, it would appear that Resnick -- a Cherry Hill, N.J., Jewish mother of Iranian decent -- is responding to the blotchy rash that...
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By determining what goes missing in human cells when the gene that is most commonly mutated in pancreatic cancer gets turned on, Johns Hopkins scientists have discovered a potential strategy for therapy. The production of a particular cluster of genetic snippets known as microRNAs is dramatically reduced in human pancreatic tumor cells compared to healthy tissue, the researchers report in...
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Newport and old times blend in America's oldest functioning synagogue
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George Medovoy, Jewish Exponent Feature
Newport's Touro Synagogue -- a living example of America's colonial past -- greets today's visitors on the edge of a grassy knoll honoring early Jewish patriots. Officially known as Congregation Kahal Kadosh Yeshuat Israel, it is the oldest functioning synagogue in the United States. And staying at the historic Cleveland House bed and breakfast ( www.innsofnewport.com ) on Clarke Street,...
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An eco-tourism pioneer colors her island world green
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Sharon McDonnell, JE Feature
A half-century ago, a frustrated Miami marine lab researcher craved a more fulfilling lifestyle. "I wanted to be someplace where I could be free to pursue my interests and contribute in a meaningful way," Anne Baptiste told me. Fast-forward to today: Now in her mid-80s, the New York Jewish native is credited with pioneering eco-tourism on Dominica, an extremely lush,...
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