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AUGUST 2, 2018, SWAMPSCOTT – After the upcoming schedule was announced, the dues collected, the seating negotiated, and the apartment buzzer stopped blaring with each new arrival, the Temple Sinai Sisterhood book group could finally get down to business. “I couldn’t read it because I got so upset and so angry,” said Claire Sandler of Read More

AUGUST 2, 2018 - Attending a jam-packed trip in a foreign country with 100 teens can be overwhelming for anyone. That’s why for the fourth year in a row, the Ruderman Family Foundation awarded a $15,000 grant to Y2I to help teens with disabilities participate in the program. The grant helped sponsor extra counselors and Read More

  AUGUST 2, 2018 - The Western Wall on a Friday night is beyond description. “There were 1,000 people there, and the atmosphere was just unbelievable,” said Sam Zuckerman of Sudbury. “You could feel the emotion in the air, and it was probably the most surreal moment of my life.” The collective ecstasy surrounding Judaism’s Read More

  AUGUST 2, 2018, CHELSEA – In front of a nondescript parking lot in Chelsea, Ken Isaacs of Kingston, N.H. reminisced about a world that no longer exists. The slice of asphalt was once the site of the Young Men’s Hebrew Association, a cultural hub of a large and thriving Jewish community. “This building was Read More

  AUGUST 2, 2018 - If this area has a modern-day Gabe Kotter it is Bernie Kravitz. The Georgetown man, who grew up in Swampscott, went on to lead high school science departments in Beverly and Swampscott. Kravitz believes in experiential learning and on any given day for the last 34 years, he could be Read More

AUGUST 2, 2018 - Growing up in Newton, Amy Farber immersed herself in Judaism at a young age. After graduating from UMass Amherst, she married Mark Farber and moved to the North Shore. Over the years, she has served as president and vice president of Temple Ahavat Achim; chair of its membership committee, and co-president Read More

AUGUST 2, 2018 - Rebecca Gay is a graduate of the Epstein Hillel School and UMass Boston '15 who recently started working as the program officer for young adult engagement at Combined Jewish Philanthropies. Name: Rebecca Gay Age: 27 Hometown: Swampscott Alma Mater: Epstein Hillel School ’05, Swampscott High School ’09, UMass Boston ’15 Favorite Read More

JULY 19, 2018 - Luke Palmer is a graduate of the Epstein Hillel School in Marblehead who moved to Los Angeles and created a web series partially based on his experiences with Asperger’s syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder. ________________________________ Name: Luke Palmer Age: 27 Hometown: Swampscott Alma Mater: Epstein Hillel School ’05, the Corwin Russell Read More

JULY 19, 2018, JERUSALEM – Yes, this is indeed being physically written from Jerusalem, but only hours after returning from almost two weeks spent in bucolic New England. With balmy lakes rippling with kayaks and paddleboards, late morning diner breakfasts, and early evening barbecues with s’mores, both the mind and the mindset are still thousands Read More

JULY 19, 2018 – Sue Weiss has always liked to volunteer and give back to her community. A former public school teacher, she was married to the late Rabbi Ken Weiss for 47 years. The couple served congregations in Los Angeles, El Paso, and San Diego before moving to Marblehead in 2007. Now a resident Read More