Monthly Columns

What Observation Status Means in New York

By Bernard A. Krooks, Certified Elder Law Attorney



Currently, there are about 64 million people in the United States who have Medicare.  Medicare is a federal health insurance program for seniors and those with disabilities and it is administered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).  Medicare is divided into parts A, B, C, and D.  

Leo Frank, Kanye West, and Saying No to Hate in Our States

By Myra Clark-Siegel, Director, AJC Westchester/Fairfield


The story of Leo Frank is as important today as when it took place in 1913, the day of the Confederate Memorial Day Parade, a popular event in much of the American South. That same day, 13-year-old Mary Phagan went to the Atlanta, GA pencil factory where she worked to collect her paycheck and was brutally murdered in the factory. 

Miracle of Miracles: A Sukkot Story

By Halina Rosenkranz



On a beautiful fall day, Holocaust Survivors from all over Westchester came together to celebrate the festive holiday of Sukkot. While being escorted to their seats, a 96-year woman, a survivor of five concentration camps stopped me and asked, “Are there any Survivors here from Lodz?”  I was so happy to respond, “Yes. I will bring her over to your table once everyone is seated.” Staying true to my word, I brought 93-year-old Esther over to meet Fay. As the two women gazed at each other, suddenly Esther, with a look of astonishment and disbelief said, “Oh my G-d. I know you. You had a sister named Lola.” The ladies embraced, and Fay, with tearful appreciation said, “Look, she remembers my sister.” The Lodz Ghetto was liquidated in 1944 and this meeting was 78 years in the making.