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Wednesday, March 11, 7 PM dessert reception, 7:30 PM program

Sam Lerner Center for Cultural Arts at Shalom Park, 5007 Providence Rd., Charlotte

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Ambassador Dennis Ross is counselor and William Davidson Distinguished Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Prior to returning to the Institute in 2011, he served two years as special assistant to President Obama and National Security Council senior director for the Central Region, and a year as special advisor to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. For more than 12 years, Ambassador Ross played a leading role in shaping U.S. involvement in the Middle East peace process and dealing directly with the parties in negotiations.

This event is off-the-record and closed to the press.

The campaign for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Student of the Year started January 26 runs through March 13, and our community’s Lauren Mond is one of the candidates.

“My mission is to not only raise money, but also to bring attention to blood cancers like leukemia, which is the most common form of cancer in children and teens,” says Lauren. “I also want to highlight the current advances being made in treatments. It is amazing to see how far the therapies have come.”

Since the early 1960s, five-year survival rates for many blood cancer patients have doubled, tripled, or even quadrupled. And many LLS supported therapies not only help blood cancer patients, but are helping patients with other cancers and serious diseases. In fact, drugs first approved for blood cancers are now approved to treat patients with stomach cancers, skin cancers, and autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis.

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Eli Batalion and Jamie Elman of Yidlife Crisis Bring Their Angst and Neuroses to Charlotte

By Amy Krakovitz Can you have a mid-life crisis when you are still in your 30s? Well, it happened to Eli Batalion and Jamie Elman, two Montreal comedians who say theirs was a “crisis of Jewish identity.” “We grew up in a very Jewish neighborhood,” says Eli. “We went to a high school that taught us the Yiddish language. In the next 18 years after high school, we ended up doing nothing that had anything to do with that. So at a certain point, we decided we should reconcile our very Jewish upbringing with our very non-Jewish lifestyle and that begat this project.” “This project” is Yidlife Crisis, a web series of short episodes almost entirely in Yiddish where characters Leizer (Batalion) and Chaimie (Elman) discuss food, tradition, rituals, philosophy, their place in the world,… Continue reading