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SEPTEMBER 6, 2018, JERUSALEM – “Hachaim Shelanu Tutim” – “Our Life Is Strawberries.” That is what one of the most popular songs in Israel says. It’s tempting to think so. The song essentially gives instructions on how to make living in Israel a paradise, where everything smells sweet. All a person has to do is Read More

  SEPTEMBER 6, 2018 – Aly Raisman, of Needham, is a modern-day Jewish hero. At 24, she has achieved more than most people do in a lifetime. Raisman is a two-time Olympian, and was the captain of the 2012 and 2016 women’s Olympic gymnastics teams. She has won 6 Olympic medals – 3 golds, 2 Read More

SEPTEMBER 6, 2018 - Jewish day school can be expensive. For the upcoming school year, tuition for high school students at Maimonides in Brookline costs $33,830. In Dedham, the Rashi School charges $39,000 for grades 7 and 8. For parents of students with special needs who often spend a great deal of money on outside Read More

SEPTEMBER 6, 2018 – For the last 36 years, Betsy Mullen has played a major role in the growth and expansion of Chelsea Jewish Lifecare (CJL). She has worked with thousands of residents and their families, and is known for her kindness and empathy. Betsy began her career as a nurse in the Boston area Read More

SEPTEMBER 6, 2018 – There’s a certain weighty seriousness to the High Holidays. Congregants spend much of the day in an assigned seat, dressed in formal clothing, thinking about all of the past year’s mistakes. After services, however, many Jews on the North Shore go home, have something to eat, and maybe take a nap Read More

SEPTEMBER 6, 2018 – Every year at a Rosh Hashanah meal, with an apple slice in one hand and a glass of Manischewitz in the other, someone will invariably ask the same question that’s asked across dining room tables every New Year: “What did you think of the rabbi’s sermon?” For many Jews, the High Read More

AUGUST 30, 2018 – Name: Jared Pliner Age: 29 Currently living in: Boston Alma maters: Epstein Hillel ‘03, Marblehead High School ‘07, George Washington University ‘11 Job: Director of communications, Jeff Goldman Immigration Favorite food: Italian, but really any type of pasta. Favorite music: Classical/opera, but I also like many different types of music. I’m Read More

AUGUST 16, 2018 – I have just returned from Rhode Island, where I had the privilege of attending my second National Jewish Retreat sponsored by the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute with our own minyan (a group of ten from the North Shore). It was an incredible five days of Jewish learning, wonderful food, and amazing Read More

AUGUST 16, 2018, BOSTON – Here are a few trivia questions for you – see how you do with them: “Mel Brooks’s Star Wars parody, ‘Spaceballs,’ replaces ‘Force’ in the ‘May the Force be with you’ with what very Jewish name?” “Collectively, what were comedians Moses Horowitz, Louis Feinberg, and Jerome Horwitz better known as?” Read More

AUGUST 16, 2018 – Robert Meeropol was only 6 years old when his parents, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, were executed in 1953 by the US government as spies for the Soviet Union. Earlier this month, at age 71, he took part in an ancient Jewish ritual when he put on tefillin for the first time Read More