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Scott A. Shay, founder of Signature Bank, is an entrepreneur, thought leader, Jewish community activist, and author of two books: Getting Our Groove Back: How to Energize American Jewry and In Good Faith: Questioning Religion and Atheism, a National Jewish Book Award finalist and voted one of the best books...

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Marc Freedman is president and CEO of, an innovation hub that taps the talent of people over 50 as a force for good. He is the author of five books, including most recently, How to Live Forever: The Enduring Power of Connecting the Generations.

Named a Social Entrepreneur of the Year by the World Economic Forum, he co-founded Experience Corps to mobilize people over 50 to...

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One week after participating in HIAS's immigrant justice delegation to San Diego, CA, I was still haunted by memories of the men, women, and children getting up in the early hours of the day to be at the U.S. border at 4:00 a.m. to plead their case in court — before being returned to Mexico by armed guards to await a hearing. I could only think of my ancestors who struggled to get to America, where they would be safe and free to thrive. They were met by the Statue of Liberty welcoming them, not a border wall saying, “You are not welcome here.”


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Lior Lev Sercarz is the chef, spice blender and owner of La Boîte, a biscuits and spice shop in Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood, where he blends spices for some of the world’s best restaurants, as well as for home cooks.

Born in Israel, Lior gets many of his inspirations from the diverse mix of flavors and colors that were the palette of his Middle Eastern upbringing. His new book, Mastering Spice: Recipes and Techniques to Transform Your Everyday Cooking: A Cookbook (Clarkson Potter,...

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Rich Cohen is the author of 13 books, including Tough Jews: Fathers, Sons, and Gangster Dreams,...

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