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JULY 5, 2018, BOSTON – In the more than three decades since the Vilna Shul was rescued as an abandoned, condemned building in what was once an immigrant neighborhood teeming with Jewish life, it has been slowly transformed into a vibrant Jewish community center. Built in 1919 for Lithuanian immigrants, it attracts thousands of people Read More

JULY 5, 2018 – Call “Jagged Little Pill” a smorgasbord of theater diagnoses with a questionable prescription. Sharply staged in Cambridge at the Loeb Drama Center by American Repertory Theater artistic director Diane Paulus, this probably Broadway-bound musical is based on Alanis Morissette’s breakout album released in 1995. The world premiere show, which debuted May Read More

JULY 5, 2018 – Sixty years ago, Leonard Bernstein took the stage at Carnegie Hall to conduct one of his earliest Young People’s Concerts, the New York Philharmonic Orchestra’s pioneering series to introduce classical music to a new generation. The concert on Feb. 28, 1958, was just a few weeks after the 39-year-old maestro assumed Read More

JUNE 21, 2018, BELARUS – Visiting Mir, a village in Belarus, we stopped at a private museum, teeming with possessions that Jews left behind during the Holocaust. I snapped a picture of a small pitcher that resembled one I had received from my grandfather, whose family came from Prussia. Modern technology, specifically GPS mapping of Read More

JUNE 21, 2018 – Led by Rabbi David Meyer, 14 congregants of Temple Emanu-El in Marblehead traveled to Lithuania and Belarus to explore Jewish history. We visited the Pale of Settlement, where the majority of Jews in Tsarist Russia were relegated beginning in 1791. Our journey took us to the heart of 500 years of Read More

JUNE 21, 2018, HANOVER, N.H. – Is Shylock an anti-Semitic stereotype, or something more? Does Shakespeare see him as the villain of “The Merchant of Venice”? Is he a suffering father agonizing over the departure of his daughter Jessica with her Christian lover Lorenzo? Could he be a Jewish outsider scapegoated by the seemingly merciful Read More

JUNE 21, 2018 - As the founder of Jammin’ With You! and the leader of Temple Tots at Temple Beth Shalom in Needham, Josh Shriber knows how to play nice with little kids and how to use music to boost their self-esteem and connect them to their faith. When not writing and playing songs with Read More

JUNE 7, 2018, ROCKPORT – In front of sweeping ocean views, there will be revolution. Or rather, there will be “r:EVOLUTION,” a month-long concert series starting June 15 at the Rockport Chamber Music Festival that will focus on how war and revolution drive the evolution of music. Many of the pieces were written by Jewish Read More

JUNE 7, 2018 - A few years ago, several women in Yorkshire posed for a nude calendar. Had she been there, Brookline actress Bobbie Steinbach might have joined them. “They had an amazing journey and a hard decision to make,” Steinbach said. The Yorkshire women put together the calendar because they were raising money to Read More

JUNE 7, 2018 – Walk through the halls of Temple Emanuel of Andover on any given day, and chances are you’ll hear music coming from somewhere. It’s not always the kind of music you’d expect at a temple. Often at the end of Shabbat services, you’ll hear “Sounds of Silence” by Simon & Garfunkel. On Read More