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Fana Schoen


Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky: More Than A Comedian

On Sunday, April 21, 2019 Ukraine had its presidential election–one with surprising results. Former comedian Volodymyr Zelensky won the presidency in a landslide victory, potentially, and surprisingly, giving hope for Ukrainians and for the rest of the world. Ukraine has had a long and difficult history of antisemitism, so the new election of a Jewish president (in a context where there was already an appointed Jewish Prime Minister) is good news for Jewish people everywhere.


How Speaking The Same Language Can Solve Global Problems

Once, when I was in kindergarten, I got on an older relative’s nerves, and she told me to stop “pushing buttons.” Later, she paused, asking me if I even knew what “pushing buttons” meant. I responded, “No, because you say I’m pushing buttons, but I don’t see any buttons!” This endearing childhood story actually demonstrates a very real and all too common problem in our society: we often fail at communicating effectively. On an interpersonal


Just What Heritage Are We Celebrating, Exactly?

On Oct. 19, 2017, I received a truly horrifying text message from my younger sister, Pandora, a freshman at my high school in suburban Pennsylvania. The message contained photographs of a student wearing a Confederate flag as a cape as he walked through our school’s hallway and cafeteria. Disgusted by this incident, my sister asked me, hopefully, if this was an isolated occurrence at her new school. Ashamed for my school, I had to tell

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