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The selection committee of the International Jewish Film Festival has been hard at work since January and the result is a menu of films with something to satisfy every taste. From the serious (women’s roles in Orthodox Judaism, politics, the Holocaust) to the whimsical (Mah-jongg) and beyond (Star Trek’s Mr. Spock), this year’s line up Read More

They’re known as the Gellers: Rabbi Myron S. (Mike) and Eileen, who are being honored at a concert May 7 to endow the Sylvia Cohen Religious School at Gloucester’s historic Temple Ahavat Achim. The 5 p.m. event at Rockport’s Shalin Liu Performance Center will feature acclaimed singer Neshama Carlebach, her band, and a gospel choir Read More

Jeff Robbins is passionate when he speaks of Israel and the award he’ll be receiving this summer from the Lappin Foundation in Salem. “I’m so riveted by the phenomenon of bullying – of anti-Israeli bullying, that I see these kids as being the vanguards.” The ‘kids’ Robbins is speaking about are the hundreds of high Read More

Born in 1922, a native of Salem and a graduate of Dartmouth College, Robert Israel Lappin served as an officer in the United States Navy during World War II, participating in the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa. After the war, Mr. Lappin was in the small appliance manufacturing business for 25 years as president Read More

It’s not an occasion that the JCC has celebrated in recent memory, and maybe that’s part of the reason it’s creating so much excitement. It’s also different for the “J” to be holding an event at the Cabot Theater in Beverly rather than at its Marblehead community center. “We’re looking to really expand our reach Read More

On a steamy hot summer day in July, 2015, Ted Cutler sat relaxed at a table on the Boston Common, holding court at the reception area for “Outside the Box,” a free, multi-day festival of music and the arts. Cutler, in his 80s, was in his element. The musician-turned-businessman-turned-philanthropist was the sponsor of the multimillion-dollar Read More

After 25 years at Temple Emanu-El in Marblehead, it’s not hard to find congregants with rich and heartfelt stories that they’re eager to share about Rabbi David Meyer: “When a Junior Rabbi decides to test the market and seek a senior role, he doesn’t usually share that information with his congregation. He does, however, share Read More

“I didn’t have a normal childhood,” said Samuel Kassow in a remarkable case of understatement; the Trinity College history professor was born in a Displaced Persons Camp in Germany to two Holocaust survivors. Growing up, his parents didn’t like to talk about their experiences. “They went through hell, and they had a lot of anger Read More

Shortly after his oldest child Dan died of melanoma in 1998 at the age of 26, Steve Fine (of Peabody) founded the non-profit Melanoma Education Foundation and, since August of 2001, has devoted his full-time efforts to protecting young people from the disease. The primary mission of the foundation is to educate high school and Read More

In last week’s edition of the Journal (March 23), we broke the news that Barry Shrage had announced his intention to step down as CEO and president of Combined Jewish Philanthropies in the summer of 2018. In an interview last week to explain the decision, the first question we asked Barry had to do with Read More