Join the Conversation Vol 35, No 22 may 26, 2011 – 22 iyar, 5771 jewishjournal.org North Shore Reports on AIPAC Policy Conference inside LOCAL NEWS A Teen Shares Her Experience at AIPAC Danielle Tacheny Special to the Journal Courtesy photo Danielle Tacheny of Rowley met with Senator Scott Brown at a lobbying session. My experience at the AIPAC Policy Conference 2011 made me feel just how I felt 10 months ago when I visited Israel for the first time on the Lappin Y2I trip. This feeling is difficult to describe — you FIRST PERSON have to experience it in order to understand. Sitting in a room with 10,000 Jews, Christians, AfricanAmericans and Caucasians, who all share this same feeling, was an amazing experience. Every person who dedicated their time to speak at and attend the AIPAC Policy Conference truly touched my heart. Hearing Barack Obama call the alliance continued on page 4 Cheers! Federation to honor Ralph Kaplan and his family 2 LOCAL NEWS Photo courtesy of the office of John Tierney sChmoozing with Tierney at AIPAC Local Chabad Rabbis Shmaya Friedman (left) and Yossi Lipsker visited with Congressman John Tierney at the AIPAC Conference. Tierney also met with Swampscott resident Neal Goldman, and invited him to listen to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech before a joint session of Congress. See story on page 4. IMEC Equips Doctors in Developing Nations Susan Jacobs Lynn Students Contribute to Butterfly Project The Power of Protest HealthLink activists worked for years to close the Salem Power Plant 3 JEWISH WORLD Jewish Journal Staff The Jewish Journal will honor healthcare heroes, including Dr. Sue Abkowitz Crawford, at its annual fundraiser on June 12. For more information call 978-7454111. NORTH ANDOVER — Dr. Sue Abkowitz Crawford, who regularly performs medical mitzvahs overseas with her husband, Glen, is accustomed to seeing abject poverty in developing nations. But even she was taken aback by what she observed at a maternity ward in rural Cameroon. After journeying 10 hours on a dirt road, she and her team from IMEC (International Medical Equipment Collaborative) discovered that women labored and gave birth on a bare wooden table formerly used by cholera patients, and the staff didn’t even have a functioning blood pressure cuff. Crawford, who has served as IMEC’s volunteer project coordinator for Africa for eight years, met with local officials and conducted an in-depth 7 opinion What is: Winner? Rabbi wins big on Jeopardy! 16 youTH Amy Sessler Powell Sue Abkowitz Crawford Dr. Sue Abkowitz Crawford was in Tanzania in March on behalf of IMEC. She is pictured (on the far left) with women at a Masai Clinic. assessment to determine the facility’s needs. When she returned to America, she coordinated a comprehensive shipment of medical equipment and supplies appropriate for the clinic. It arrived intact several months later, and was jubilantly unpacked by the grateful community. Today the facility is proud to have a modern delivery suite, comfortable hospital beds and ward furniture, a full array of supplies and linens, and even curtains to decorate the windows. 12 dads & grads Eighth grade students (l-r) Jared Scurio, Marques O’Neal and Courtney Remson display butterflies they made in memory of the 1.5 million children who perished in the Holocaust. Amy Sessler Powell “For the past 25 years, my husband Glen (an orthopedist) and I have done volunteer work overseas in different countries. We know firsthand what it’s like to try and practice medicine when you don’t have the right equipment,” said Crawford, who lives in West Newbury, and works part-time at Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport. The physician, who is fluent in French and Swahili, travels frequently to Africa on behalf of IMEC. LYNN — When Nancy Mades showed the documentary, “Paper Clips,” to her eighth grade English class at Breed Middle School, they had a strong reaction. They wanted to do something. The class had viewed the award-winning film about a middle school in Whitwell, Tenn. that collected paper clips to memorialize those who died in the Holocaust. “I went online and found the project by the Houston Holocaust Museum. They are collecting 1.5 million paper butterflies to represent the 1.5 million children killed in the Holocaust,” Mades said. continued on page 9 continued on page 4 14 arts 17 home & garden Jewish Journal Staff 22 calendar 25 people Even Exchange Students interview Pingree School teachers returning from Israel 20 fooD Say Cheese! 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