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JULY 27, 2017 – Ask Jordyn Whitman why she wants to become a rabbi and she answers thoughtfully. “It’s hard to pinpoint a specific moment. It’s been more of a budding realization … and I love learning in a Jewish way and I love learning Jewish texts. And it’s a way to give back to Read More

JULY 27, 2017 – On the ninth day of the month of Av, Tisha B’Av, we commemorate the destruction of the Temple nearly 2,000 years ago. On this day, we relive not only our own tragic past, but may also experience our whole world as a broken and traumatized place, for it is taught that Read More

JULY 27, 2107 – For Jack Stahl, the Jewish Community Center of the North Shore has always been like a second home. As a child growing up in Lynn, he attended Camp Simcha and learned to play basketball at the original center. He earned a four-year basketball scholarship to Suffolk University, served in the Navy Read More

JULY 27, 2017 – Josh Tabenkin didn’t want to go on the Youth to Israel Adventure trip. He even skipped one of the mandatory pre-trip meetings, half hoping that infraction might get him booted out of the program. He ultimately decided to go because he was afraid he would regret it if he didn’t for Read More

JULY 27, 2017 – Grandfather was pretty much addicted to music. It runs in the family. Our ancestors were a diverse lot: court painters for the Hapsburg kings, circus performers renowned throughout Mittel Europa for their acrobatic derring-do, a serious horde of pianists, and our great-grandfather, the actor. “He was the Barrymore of the German Read More

JULY 27, 2017 – Scrolling through social media yesterday I stopped to “like” my friend’s post. Actually, these days you can “love” a photo, and as I held the like button down to get to the word “love,” I felt tears welling up. The picture was his 9-year old daughter, getting on the bus to Read More

JULY 27, 2017 – According to the song, Autumn in New York is inviting and romantic, but for Swampscott’s Rachel Levine and NJ native Ari Podhorcer, spring was great too. Matched by a mutual friend, the two used technology for a few days before going old school and meeting in person. Their first face-to-face date Read More

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