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A future without cancer?...

I received this letter from Tel Aviv University and will share it in part:

"Imagine a future without cancer... a world where remedies exist for all breast cancers... where even the most aggressive tumors can be stopped as easily as the common cold.

This is not science fiction. This could soon become reality because of research you (all of us) have made possible as an American friend of Tel Aviv University (by our support).

One example of how Tel Aviv University (TAU's) impact extends far beyond Israel's borders is its pioneering medical research. During the past year TAU scientists have made two revolutionary advancements in the fight against cancer.

Dr. CARMIT LEVY made a breakthrough in combating melanoma, the deadliest skin cancer. Levy discovered the mechanism that enables melanoma to spread aggressively from the skin to organs throughout the body. Before metastasis, melanoma tumors send out tiny bubbles from forming, and could stop the disease from spreading at its earliest stage.

Dr. NOAM SHOMRON developed an important treatment that may cure breast cancer. Shomron and his team developed a therapy that targeted specific genes associated with breast cancer metastasis. When paired with chemotherapy, the treatment stopped the spread of cancer cells in mice. Shomron believes there are strong parallels between genes in mouse and human cells, and that this finding could ultimately led to the development of a remedy for all breast cancers. Levy and Shomron are only two of the brilliant TAU scientists who are pioneering efforts to cure cancer and other devastating diseases."

Need more info? Phone 212-742-9070 or 800-989-1198 or internet .

Remembering Jewish history...

Yonatan "Yoni" Netanyahu (brother of BB) was born on March 13, 1946, in NYC. Shortly after his birth, the family returned to the newly independent state of Israel. On July 4, 1976, Yoni, a commander of an elite Israeli army commando unit, led Operation Entebbe, a mission to free 105 Jewish hostages being held in Entebbe, Uganda, by members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. The mission was a huge success as the commandos rescued 102 of the hostages and killed all the terrorists. Yoni, however, was killed during the raid.

Wow... Am I proud! department...

My granddaughter, LAUREN NICOLE, and her teammates just won the CSL Junior Varsity Girls Water Polo Tournament for 2017.

Lauren, age 17, daughter of Dr. STEVEN YOUSHA and Dr. JESSICA GOLUB, lives with her parents and brother, ZACH, 14, in Wilmette, Illinois.

Shall we dance?...

At a recent JCC 39ers meeting, SHELDON BROOK, a talented dancer himself, showed on film an entire dancing program. What was especially outstanding to me was the scene where Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers dance on roller skates in Central Park, NYC, to "Let's Call The Whole Thing Off." That tune was one of the many composed by George Gershwin, my particular favorite for many reasons (one being DNA).

And let's not forget singing...

On May 17 and 18, the Winter Park Playhouse Caberet series will present a wonderful singer, MICHAEL FOSTER performing "Do You Dream In French." The show begins at 7:30 p.m. and includes classical opera, Broadway show tunes and American classics.

(My mom, Sally, was born in Montreal, Canada, and spoke French when she came here at the age of 12).

For further information, phone 407-645-0145.

(After seeing and hearing the dreamy Michael Foster, you may start dreaming in French!)

A reminder...

Lauren Nicole Yousha (l) and teammates.

The League of Women Voters Orange County, the largest LWV chapter in the country, presents its semi-annual League Showcase & New Member Orientation at 6 p.m. on May 16th at the Winter Park Community Center, 721 E. New England Ave., Winter Park 32789. Admission is free. For further information, phone 407-599-3275." All are welcome.

One for the road...

Moshe was eating in a Chinese restaurant and was chatting to his Chinese waiter. Moshe commented upon what a wise people the Chinese were. 

"Yes," replied the waiter, "we're wise because our culture is 4,000 years old. But Jewish people are also very wise, are they not?" 

Moshe replied, "Yes, we are. Our culture is 5,000 years old." 

The waiter was surprised to hear this. "That can't be true," he replied, "where did your people eat for a thousand years?"


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