Posts Tagged ‘Michelle Obama’

Mr. Obama, Your Selfie Sent All The Wrong Messages

December 11, 2013

This post first appeared on the Forward Thinking blog at the Forward.

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Thank you, Mr. President.

You’ve just made it harder for me and every other parent and educator to convince young people that taking selfies at memorials and on solemn occasions is not okay.

Just what were you thinking when you leaned in close to Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt and British Prime Minister David Cameron to snap a group self-portrait at the memorial service for the late great South African Nelson Mandela on Tuesday?!

The folks behind the “Selfies at Funerals” Tumblr blog said it best: “Obama has taken a funeral selfie, so our work here is done.”

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© 2013 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.

Read more: http://blogs.forward.com/forward-thinking/189130/mr-obama-your-selfie-sent-all-the-wrong-messages/#ixzz2nCblkc6U

Miss Israel Titi Aynaw Gets ‘Wildest Dreams’ Meeting With Obama

March 22, 2013

This piece was first published in the Forward.

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“Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would ever meet the president of the United States,” said Titi Aynaw when she received an invitation to the state dinner given in honor of President Obama yesterday in Jerusalem.

Not only did the recently crowned Miss Israel 2013 (and the first Ethiopian Israeli to bear the title) meet Obama, but she also stole the show at the formal event held at President Shimon Peres’ official residence. According to a Ynet report, all eyes were on her as she mingled among the other guests in an elegant black lace dress and high-heeled shoes that added another 5 inches to her 5’11 ½ ” height.

Peres had the pleasure of introducing Aynaw to the president. “President Peres is an amazing man,” she said. “It was a great honor to be at a dinner at his residence, and he introduced me to President Obama in the most honorable and exciting way. I’ll never forget it.”

“She’s our queen,” Peres said as he introduced her. “In our Jewish tradition, we have already had an Ethiopian queen. [Titi] is our modern Queen of Sheba.”

Obama responded by saying to Aynaw, “You are very beautiful. Michelle would be very happy to be your height.” The high heels must have thrown the president’s estimation of Aynaw’s height off, because the First Lady is merely half an inch shorter than the beauty queen.

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© 2013 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.

Israel’s School Lunches May Get a MO-bama-Style Makeover

January 15, 2013

This piece first appeared on The Jew and the Carrot blog at The Forward.

Jerusalem City Councilmember Rachel Azaria (second from right) and other parents protest unhealthy school lunches.

Jerusalem City Councilmember Rachel Azaria (second from right) and other parents protest unhealthy school lunches.

One of the signatures of modern Israeli cuisine is fresh, flavorful food made with fruits and vegetables that grow almost year round in the country’s temperate Mediterranean climate. So, it might be a bit surprising to learn that Israeli kids are eating school lunches that are as lacking in freshness and good nutrition as some of the worst American school lunches.

Armed with examples of fixes for the problem, like First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move initiative and British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution campaign, Jerusalem City Councilmember Rachel Azaria is leading the fight for healthier school lunches in her city and throughout Israel.

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© 2013 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.


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