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JUNE 1, 2017 — PEABODY — Many elders feel lost after the death of a spouse. Some retreat to the comfort of their home or apartment. Some move into a condo, while others opt for an independent or assisted living community. Unfortunately, folks can still remain reclusive and depressed even though there are lots of Read More

JUNE 1, 2017 – SALEM — Google Michael Rutstein and you’ll find a trove of articles about his interests, which range from Major League Baseball to boating. One day, you might find him at Fenway Park, or at the Peabody Essex Museum to see the latest exhibit on ocean liners. Or up at a boatbuilders’ Read More

JUNE 1, 2017 – We are moving. Not today, not tomorrow, but sometime within the next few months, we will be saying goodbye to our beautiful home on the hill and downsizing. We are empty nesters. Closer to the end of life than the beginning. Someday, the oldest generation in our family trees. Unbelievably, a Read More

JUNE 1, 2017 – Cantor Elana Rozenfeld has been leading the musically minded Minyan-aires at Congregation Shirat Hayam in Swampscott since 2011. In addition to serving as cantor, she also works with the Temple’s youth chorus and composes and arranges her own music. On June 25, as part of the congregation’s “Song of the Sea Read More

JUNE 1, 2017  — On a recent afternoon, Barry Berman moved with ease through the lobby of the Leonard Florence Center for Living on Admiral’s Hill in Chelsea. He waved to residents, family members, and staff at the skilled nursing residence and then took a seat in a back office. For a guy who runs Read More

  JUNE 1, 2017 — SWAMPSCOTT — For the first time in decades, a new mikvah is being constructed on the North Shore. Earlier this week, workers poured the foundation for the immersion bath that will be built on the first floor of a house on Phillips Street, behind Chabad Lubavitch of the North Shore.   “The Read More

JUNE 1, 2017 – When people on Cape Ann talk about making a contribution to society, Dr. Philip Cutter’s name comes up almost immediately in conversations. For decades, Cutter and his wife, Eve, and their children, Amy, Martha, Michael, and David, have been giving back to the secular and Jewish community. Cutter, of Rockport, rose Read More

  JUNE 1, 2017 — Early Sunday afternoon, David Shear huddled with Rick Appel on top of one of Swampscott’s highest hills by the ocean and discussed the adventure they had planned for the day. The old friends would drive toward Fishermen’s Beach, where they would carry Shear’s handmade 17-foot sailboat toward the shore, slip Read More

JUNE 1, 2017  – I am the youngest member of the Elbaz clan, a family of 12 brothers and sisters. I was 13 when the Six-Day War broke out in Israel in 1967. I was attending a boarding school called Mossad Aliya, which is located next to Petach Tikvah, east of Tel Aviv. For a month Read More

By Julian Stux MAY 18, 2017 — My bar mitzvah Torah portion, Ki Teitzei from Deuteronomy Chapter 21, speaks of laws that were created by our people centuries ago and reflect who they were. They didn’t like how they were treated as slaves in Egypt, so they made sure Jewish laws treat all people with Read More