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Michal Livneh (right) and Keren Ilan (left) are Israeli citizens spending their summer volunteering at the Schenectady JCC's summer camp program.

Young Israelis share culture via summer role at JCC

BY KRISTIN SCHULTZ Gazette Reporter NISKAYUNA — As part of the Summer Shlichim Program, two Israeli citizens are helping with summer camps this year at the Schenectady JCC. Keren Ilan, 21, and Michal Livneh, 20, arrived June 18 and will…


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Isabella Sementilli doesn't let a debilitating headache disorder keep her down. She bakes and sells cookies at her family's restaurant, Scotti's, and donates the proceeds to brain injury and anti-bullying causes.

Teen turns chronic pain into a mission

BY KRISTIN SCHULTZ Gazette Reporter SCHENECTADY — Isabella Sementilli looks just fine. She is a petite, dark-haired 14-year-old girl with a bright, beaming smile. Silver bracelets jingle on her wrist. She loves Nancy Drew mystery novels. Isabella Sementilli looks just…