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Fourteen students from North Shore Teen Initiative joined more than 250 other teens for a weekend of leadership training at URJ Eisner Camp in Great Barrington. Pictured above, clockwise: Nina Cushinsky, Jacob Abbisso, Elise Chigier, Emily Zieff, Michelle Slezinger, Ben Birnbach and Marissa Samuels.

Mary Markos Associate Editor In a study conducted over ten years ago, research showed that 70% of Jewish students on college campuses didn’t feel comfortable participating in Hillel International, providing three common reasons why. The first was that they didn’t feel Jewish enough. Second, nobody had asked them or invited them, and third, they didn’t Read More

The joy of learning fills the faces of “Limmudnicks” at a session held during last year’s conference. This year’s gathering will be held on December 4 at Temple Reyim in Newton.

Todd Feinburg Journal Publisher/Editor This year’s Limmud Boston arrives in Newton in less than two weeks, and that means that founder Steffi Karp is in permanent motion. “There are so many moving parts to Limmud Boston,” exhales Karp, her voice glowing with excitement. Karp knows how to work the media masterfully now that she’s producing Read More

State Rep. Lori Ehrlich, left, and Saul Dreier, right, both spoke at the Holocaust Remembrance event at Lynn English High School.

Mary Markos Associate Editor Music is of vital importance to Saul Dreier and Reuwen (“Ruby”) Sosnowicz, otherwise known as The Holocaust Survivor Band. The pair spoke to over 1,000 students at Lynn English High School about their experience in the Holocaust on Friday, November 4. “Saul and Ruby actually met through music,” said Dulce Gonzalez Read More


Mary Markos Associate Editor “Domestic violence doesn’t happen in Jewish communities...” “These are nice Jewish girls and boys…” “Jewish men make great husbands…” Putting an end to these stereotypes is the goal of the new partnership between Safe Havens Interfaith Partnership Against Domestic Violence and Journey to Safety, the domestic violence program of Jewish Family Read More

Mimi Lemay, right, will be sharing the story of her son Jacob, left, who was born female and given the name Mia.

Mary Markos Associate Editor Mimi Lemay’s son, Jacob, was born a girl, but came out to his parents as transgender starting at the age of two-and-a-half, transitioning at age 4. Growing up in an Orthodox Jewish community, Lemay faced many struggles with the fixed gender boxes that accompany the strict form of Judaism, as well Read More

Pictured above, left: Roger VIvier, for Christian Dior, evening shoes, 1958-60. Right: Caroline Groves, "Parakeet," 2014

Shelley A. Sackett Special to the Journal If, as Mark Twain said, “Clothes makes the man,” then the Peabody Essex Museum’s newest exhibit is full throttle support for a complementary adage: “Shoes make the woman.” “Shoes: Pleasure and Pain” showcases 300 pairs of shoes by more than 130 designers and artists that range from the Read More