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JULY 13, 2017 – When people talk about fundraising for Jewish charities on the North Shore and in Greater Boston, Flori Schwartz’s name is usually one of the first mentioned. For the last 32 years, she’s worked tirelessly for Jewish organizations, including Cohen Hillel Academy, the Anti-Defamation League, and currently for Combined Jewish Philanthropies. A Read More

JULY 13, 2017 – There was barely a dry eye in the room. Standing in the sanctuary before a close-knit group of friends and family who had come from all over the country, Heather Wilde carefully lit a single Shabbat candle and said the appropriate Hebrew blessing. Uncovering her eyes, she smiled at those around her and Read More

JUNE 29, 2017 – Rich Band likes to give. He learned about generosity from his parents, who raised him in a close-knit housing project in Chelsea. His father, Maurice, was a World War II veteran who joined the Israeli army and fought in the 1948 War of Independence. His mother, Ethel, volunteered for B’nai B’rith Read More

Steven Swartz, Esther Keanan of Tel Aviv, Judi Swartz, and Zamie Keanan of Tel Aviv. The Swartzes are members of Temple B’Nai Abraham, in Beverly Read More

For Jewish mothers, the candlesticks that graced their homes and welcomed Shabbat in Eastern European shtetls had a special significance. It was with these candlesticks that Jewish women had their moment with God. That moment took place on Friday nights, when Jewish matriarchs bent over the candlesticks, moved their hands in a circle following ancient Read More

Two of the most important things in this world are the return of Eretz Yisrael as our Homeland, and the growing re-empowerment of women in our Jewish political, social, and religious lives. I firmly believe that, without these restorations, Judaism would be challenged to survive. The importance of Eretz Yisrael is obvious, but why put Read More

JUNE 29, 2017 – A baker’s minyan of 13 Jews are crowded elbow-to-elbow around two tables pushed together in the Beit Midrash at Temple Ahavat Achim in Gloucester. It’s Sunday morning, and the gentle rise and fall of unison voices fills the room with the chant of mercha, tipcha, munach, and etnachta. Fingers follow along Read More

JUNE 29, 2017 – On a recent Thursday evening, 12 people gathered around a U-shaped set of tables in the all-purpose room on the second floor of the Jewish Community Center of the North Shore. It looked like any other group preparing for a business meeting but the people don’t work at the same firm Read More

JUNE 29, 2017 – Evelyn Atkins has seen a lot in her 90 years. She was born in Marblehead, lived through the Depression, World War II, worked as a nurse at Beverly Hospital and also was a licensed beautician. Along the way, she married, had three children and has spent the last 55 years in Read More

JUNE 29, 2017 – MARBLEHEAD – When Marty Schneer arrived in Marblehead in 2013 to take over as executive director of the Jewish Community Center of the North Shore, one of the first people he met was Marcy Yellin. Her son, Jacob, now 32, has special needs and worked at the JCC. She told Schneer Read More