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  APRIL 26, 2018 - Combined Jewish Philanthropies and Jewish Teen Initiative were thrilled to work together to host JServe/North Shore Mitzvah Day on Sunday, April 22. Over 200 volunteers, ranging in age from 4 to 84 united to support Lifebridge and Plummer Youth Promise, both in Salem. Volunteers worked all day and accomplished more Read More

APRIL 12, 2018 – Last Sukkot, around 40 teenagers from all over the North Shore came to Rabbi Shmaya Friedman’s house in Swampscott to celebrate. Under the sukkah, they made tacos, put on some Israeli music, and lit a bonfire. A few of the attendees were 12 and 13, and didn’t know many of the Read More

APRIL 12, 2018 – For Mimi Lappin, life revolved around family, Judaism, philanthropy, fashion, and art. Lappin, who along with her husband Robert, donated tens of millions to North Shore Jewish organizations over the last several decades, always seemed to be thinking of ways to give back. Lappin, who served as chairwoman of the Women’s Read More

APRIL 12, 2018 – SALEM – Combined Jewish Philan­thropies is joining the Jewish Teen Initiative of Greater Boston to bring a community-wide Mitzvah Day to Salem on April 22 to support those in need. Adults and teens from throughout the North Shore are urged to join together in helping to landscape, paint, and freshen up Read More

MARCH 29, 2018 - For Jews who observe the dietary laws of Passover and love pancakes, it will be a long eight days before they can enjoy them. Pancakes fall squarely under a category of food that the Torah calls chametz: any sort of combination of bread and water that has been allowed to rise Read More

MARCH 29, 2018 - Carrie Dichter grew up in Marblehead, where she attended religious school at Temple Emanu-El through post-confirmation. She is parent committee chair of Temple Tiferet Shalom Hebrew School in Peabody, which her nine-year-old daughter has attended since pre-school. “My husband and I feel religious school is important,” she said. Asked if there Read More

MARCH 29, 2018 - “Next Year in Jerusalem.” That’s what we used to sing back in Maine when I was a kid on those rare times we made it to the end of the Passover Seder. Usually, there was a half-hearted or no-hearted attempt to carry on with the Haggadah after the festive meal, but Read More

MARCH 29, 2018 - Last weekend at Lynn Arts, Marble­head artist Rickey Schwed stood next to three striking charcoal drawings of three generations of women. They were displayed vertically, and included Schwed’s great-grandmother Esther, dressed in an elegant 1940s hat. In Schwed’s charcoal, Esther stares straight ahead, serious and concerned. It’s as if she knows Read More

MARCH 29, 2018 - On March 24, just after the end of Shabbat services and Kiddush, 20 members of Beverly’s Temple B’nai Abraham walked to Lynch Park to attend the North Shore March for Our Lives. There, they joined another 30 temple members of all ages, part of about 1,000 people who were gathered there Read More

MARCH 22, 2018 – When Rachel Jacobson started teaching at Hebrew schools on the North Shore in 1977, the conservative synagogues held classes three days a week with mandatory attendance expected on Shabbat. She remembers the curriculum’s concentration on learning to speak and write Hebrew, and on learning prayers at Shabbat. “The kids were comfortable Read More