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OCTOBER 19, 2017 - On a recent Sunday, more than a dozen people stood in line outside the B’nai B’rith food booth at the Topsfield Fair. Most stared at the menu, which would bring a smile to most deli aficionados. Fifty-six years ago, the booth began with a modest offering of Hebrew National hot dogs Read More

OCTOBER 19, 2017 - Jewish Journal Editor and Publisher Steven A. Rosenberg welcomed Jews who traveled from throughout the North Shore to the first Jewish Journal Literary Salon on Tuesday night. The evening of Jewish storytelling  gave a voice to people who wanted to share their stories about Jewish identity, and experiences. The program was Read More

OCTOBER 19, 2017 - Last week, during the waning days of Sukkot, Rabbi Michael Ragozin was lamenting about not being able to ride his bike. Ragozin, who is recuperating from an ACL tear, had been looking forward to putting together his Sukkah Cycle, which he peddles to congregants’ homes. There, he helps them fulfill the Read More

OCTOBER 19, 2017 – Rabbi Robert Goldstein has served as the spiritual leader of Andover’s Temple Emanuel for 27 years. Goldstein grew up in Longmeadow, a suburb of Springfield, and received his rabbinical ordination from the Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City. Rabbi Goldstein also earned a doctorate of ministry Read More

OCTOBER 19, 2017 - It came in on a motorcycle. “There is no such thing as a kosher ham!” thundered my grandfather, stabbing each syllable in the evening air with his lit cigar. Around him, our usually talkative relatives were stunned into silence in the chilly October breeze, rugged up in shawls and sweaters as Read More

GLOUCESTER – The venue is on the shady side. The walls shake in the wind and the décor in some cases might be described as seedy. But, no, this is not some Prohibition Era backstreet speakeasy. It’s a sukkah, or hut, to mark the holiday of Sukkot which began last night and runs until Oct Read More

OCTOBER 5, 2017 - The images of napalm, ambushes, heroic battles, and death returned to TV last week, when millions of Americans sat down to watch “The Vietnam War,” a 10-part, 18-hour PBS documentary that many consider the most comprehensive look at our country’s most unpopular and misunderstood war. Of the 3.4 million Americans who Read More

OCTOBER 5, 2017 – Marc Meltzer didn’t expect to become one of the leading martial arts trainers in the Greater Boston area. He also didn’t expect to become an observant Jew. But as a child growing up in Bangor, Maine, he felt a pull toward spirituality while attending a Jewish day school. As a teen Read More

OCTOBER 5, 2017 – If there is a Super Bowl of all things Sukkot in New England, it occurs on the Sunday before the holiday begins at the Israel Book Shop in Brookline. On these days, people converge from all over the region. One by one they trudge downstairs into the basement of the book Read More

OCTOBER 5, 2017  - PARDES HANNA KARKUR, ISRAEL – Where am I?  Who am I? How did I get here?  Am I dreaming? Am I dead? Or maybe I’m simply awake? Before me is a vision: Rows of hundreds of young, proud Jews stand at attention in unblemished army fatigues, circling a spiral concrete stage Read More