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Roslyn Laufgraben Bernstein and her husband, Shael Shapiro, wrote “Illegal Living: 80 Wooster Street and the Evolution of SoHo.” The book chronicles the history of a building on New York City’s Wooster Street, including a look at the artists who lived and worked there. Steven Cohen writes, “In February 2013, I received an email from an unknown person with the subject line ‘Business Proposal.’ Normally, I would have hit the delete button, but some instinct told me to open it. The email was from a publisher inviting me to write a book. When I called the sender, he described a book that made no sense. When I offered him a book that provided advice in response to some of the questions I have received from all over the world, he responded with enthusiasm. ‘The Practical Negotiator’ was published eight months later.” Vic Samuels, former president of the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston and a member of the JCC Association Board of Directors since 1996, received the organization’s Frank L. Weil Award for distinguished contributions to the JCC.

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