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  OCTOBER 4, 2018, SWAMPSCOTT – On Rosh Hashanah, Shirat Hayam president Renée Sidman stood before her congregation with news she referred to as the “biggest transformation of Shirat Hayam since the merger 13 years ago.” At the beginning of its next fiscal year in May, Shirat Hayam – which was formed in 2005 by Read More

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OCTOBER 4, 2018, CAMBRIDGE - In the month since the start of the school year, new Harvard University president Lawrence S. Bacow and his wife, Adele Fleet Bacow, have already dropped in on a Shabbat dinner at Harvard Hillel; donated bouquets of flowers for the High Holidays; and joined students during religious services on Yom Read More

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OCTOBER 4, 2018, BOSTON – A curious musical number appears in the first act of “Hamilton” – namely “Ten Duel Commandments.” Whether author-composer Lin-Manuel Miranda was aware that Alexander Hamilton studied Torah and basic Hebrew at a Jewish day school on the Caribbean island of Nevis in the mid-1700s, that title – connected to the Read More

OCTOBER 4, 2018 – Once again, the Jewish High Holidays have come and gone. But statistically, fewer Jews feel the need to formally mark the holiday in synagogue. The numbers point to a changing Jewish population that has a different identity than previous generations. As barriers have fallen that prevented Jews from advancing in professional Read More

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NAME: Andrew Jacobson AGE: 21 CURRENTLY LIVING IN: Waltham HOMETOWN: Swampscott ALMA MATER: Swampscott High School ’15, Brandeis University ’19 FAVORITE FOOD: Indian food; aloo gobi FAVORITE MUSIC: I like Jon Bellion, Ishay Ribo … I like Hozier, Portugal. The Man … Bon Iver [they’re my favorite]. FAVORITE BOOKS: That’s a hard one,  but “Sabbath’s Read More

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OCTOBER 4, 2018 - Adele Lubarsky grew up in Chelsea, and still spends most of her days there as principal of the Hooks Elementary School. She has lived with her husband, Mark Lubarsky, in Peabody for 40 years, and is the president of Temple Ner Tamid there. Adele and Mark have two sons, Lee and Read More