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  • Dear Male Comedian
  • Symmetry
  • Espresso Ricotta Fritters
  • Bombshell
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    Dear Male Comedian

    I spend a lot of time trying to shift the focus away from my appearance, my love life, and my sexuality. By sizing me up in front of my entire community, you undid three years of that work in 30 seconds.

  • Composite Image of Lillian Wald and Slyvia Bloom

    Symmetry: Sylvia Bloom and Lillian Wald

    When I heard last week about the extraordinary multimillion dollar donation by Sylvia Bloom, who died in 2016, to Henry Street Settlement, the word that immediately came to mind was the one I wrote to my Settlement friends: “there is a real symmetry there,” I told them.

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    Espresso Ricotta Fritters for Shavuot

    In this recipe, I’ve mixed espresso into a dairy Ricotta Fritter recipe to blend the caffeine sometimes needed for the all-night studying with the traditional Shavuot practice of eating a lot of dairy.

  • Hedy Lamarr

    Discussion Guide for Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

    The film Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story, which premiered in theaters last November, explores the unusual and tumultuous life of Hedy Lamarr—a Jewish and Austrian-born Hollywood actress considered to be the most beautiful woman in the world.

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