ABOUT TOWN: Stoughton Cadet Makes West Point Dean's List (And More...)

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LOCAL CADET MAKES DEAN'S LIST – Cadet , son of Sherrianne and Kenneth Johnston of Stoughton, has been named to the Dean's List as a Distinguished Cadet with Academic Recognition for the Fall Semester - August through December - at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

To earn this distinction the cadet must maintain a QPA of at least 3.67.  

He entered West Point in June and spent the summer in “Beast Barracks” which is the intense orientation program all Plebes must complete.  Johnston graduated from Stoughton High School in 2010 and will be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army upon graduation at West Point.

The U.S. Military Academy is a four-year co-educational federal undergraduate liberal arts college located 50 miles north of New York City.

Founded in 1802 as America's first college of engineering, it consistently ranks as one of the top colleges in the nation. A pre-eminent leader development institution, its mission remains constant - to educate, train and inspire cadets for careers of professional service to the Army and the nation.

For more information go to www.westpoint.edu.


STOUGHTON’S FARBER GIVES TALK IN SHARON: Stoughton's own Shirley Nigri Farber, editor and publisher of Shalom Magazine, spoke about the Jewish community in her native country of Brazil at last Sunday’s brunch at Temple Israel in Sharon.

The February 12 event, organized by the group Hazak, drew more than 75 people.

Members and non-members enjoyed a delicious breakfast followed by the lecture. The audience participated with questions ranging from subjects like anti-Semitism, Brazilian ties to Iran, and the Brazilian economy.

Farber also presented a slide show with exclusive photos of the Jewish life in Brazil and of her career as a reporter, which includes her interviews with Elie Wiesel, Lea Rabin and Shimon Perez.

Some of the topics were the origin of Brazilian Jews and various waves of immigration; Jewish education and community organizations; the Brazilian economy and the role of Jewish community; Zionism among Brazilian Jews; and assimilation within the rest of the Brazilian community.

Some people in the audience had family ties with Brazil, so they were very interested in learning more about the culture. Others, with a smile on their faces, wanted to know if Farber went to school with Mrs. Tom Brady, Gisele Bundchen.

Farber moved to Massachusetts from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 10 years ago after marrying Scott Farber, a Randolph native. Since 2006, she has published a monthly magazine called Bate Papo for the Portuguese speaking community (and hosts a TV show by the same name on local cable access), and in 2009 she launched a quarterly Jewish publication in English, Shalom Magazine.

The same lecture was given at other community events in Massachusetts. Farber will soon be speaking on the same subject at in Stoughton, where she was once a teacher. We'll let you know when.



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