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From the Jungle to Avenue J

Zehava Kaner

Chana Kunkel was born in the steamy jungles of the African Congo. Since then, she moved to United States, where she married and established a home. Throughout her life, she's been caring for others, and she merited to assist Rebbezin Chana Ethel Miller, a”h, widow of Rav Avigdor Miller, ztz”l, in her last years. In this riveting interview, Chana shares with Family First snapshots of her colorful life.

 

The View from the Fishbowl

Gila Arnold

Think of the qualities associated with public service for the community. What adjectives come to mind? Selfless, perhaps. Idealistic. Giving. Devoted and focused on the big picture are also apt descriptions of public service. The blurring of boundaries between work and home is something every working person juggles. But those boundaries become even blurrier when you have a highly prominent position in your community. How do you face your neighbor at the grocery store when you're advising her dying mother?

 

Summer Skin First Aid

Mati Swimer

Overexposure to the sun's rays may result in skin that's red and hot to touch, general fatigue, and mild dizziness. Treating a sunburn correctly is important, because proper care can help you control the lingering effects of the harmful UV rays. You need to act fast to alleviate the possibility of having blisters form, and to minimize horrible peeling and even scarring, freckles, and spots.

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