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On Sunday, May 6, over 200 people attended the Jewish Journal’s “Menschions & Mimosas” brunch at Temple B’nai Abraham in Beverly. Bradley Sontz, president of the Journal’s Board of Overseers, served as the morning’s emcee. At the brunch, people feasted on bagels, lox, cream cheese, salads, provided by Zayde’s Market, and sipped mimosas, courtesy of Read More

MAY 10, 2018 – Last Sunday, over 120 people attended a concert celebrating Israel’s 70th birthday at the Larcom Theatre in Beverly. The concert was sponsored by the Jewish Community Center of the North Shore. The event was highlighted by performances by Epstein Hillel School Vocal Ensemble, Temple Sinai Band, Rabbi David Meyer and Jon Read More

MAY 10, 2018 – My cell phone rings, and the name “Pinky” pops up on the screen. My heart rate jumps as the phone keeps ringing. I continue to stare at the screen with both trepidation and excitement. To pick it up or not to pick it up? You see, Pinky passed away seven years Read More

APRIL 26, 2018 – Last week was my dog’s cardiology appointment and it looks like she would live to see another day. I was elated. Although she had been given just six months to live two years ago after being diagnosed with congestive heart failure, she was still happily chugging along. From the moment I Read More

APRIL 26, 2018 - As Mother’s Day approaches, I’m flooded with memories of those gone by. Some are happy, some are sad, but each one is a part of me, of the person I am now. Mothers come in all sizes, colors, and with different capabilities. They can be business executives, professors, teachers, dentists, doctors Read More

APRIL 26, 2018 - On Wednesday, April 11, I attended the Our Soldiers Speak program: “Securing Our Skies In Today’s Middle East: Israel’s Race Against Time” at the JCC in Marblehead. The event was well-attended and was sponsored through the generosity of Karen and David Rosenberg. The evening began with a short video showing how Read More

APRIL 26, 2018 – Doing an Ancestry DNA kit wasn’t supposed to be so surprising. I thought I’d spit in a tube, and find out basically what I already knew: that I was the typical American mutt of white cultures. As someone who was raised as vaguely Protestant, my DNA results coming back as 3 Read More

APRIL 26, 2018 – SWAMPSCOTT – In a Swampscott High School classroom of nearly 30 students, Lisa Green is teaching the history of the Holocaust using a curriculum known as “Facing History.”  It focuses on the integration of current and historical events, relying on students to forge the connections. In a community with a substantial Read More

APRIL 26, 2018 - Elie Mazor of Peabody can still remember the very first Yom Ha’atzmaut, in 1948. “My father didn’t have a flag, so he built one from a piece of wood, and it was covered in paper, and on the front he put stars and stripes, and hung it from our balcony,” he Read More

APRIL 26, 2018 - Israel ushered in its 70th birthday last week in much the same way it’s done since its inception: with grief and mourning followed immediately by celebration and revelry. Unlike the long separation in the US between Memorial Day and Independence Day, Israel’s Yom Hazikaron and Yom Ha’atzmaut hug each other, perhaps Read More