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JUNE 7, 2018, NEWTON – Temple Shalom of Newton has officially named Rabbi Laura Abrasley and Rabbi Allison Berry as the temple’s co-senior rabbis – a historic decision marking the first time a congregation has named two women as senior rabbis. The rabbis will be officially installed on Nov. 16. This innovative structure, originally suggested Read More

JUNE 7, 2018, DANVERS – It’s usually Mary Kiley, a religion teacher at St. John’s Prep, who assigns the homework, but not when Sonia Weitz was involved. Kiley and Weitz were having their first meeting as Holocaust Legacy Partners, a program started by Weitz that pairs Holocaust survivors with people who promise to share their Read More

JUNE 7, 2018, MARBLEHEAD – Izzi Abrams, an early childhood educator who co-chairs the Children’s Services at the Swampscott Public Library, was named the new president of the Jewish Community Center of the North Shore at its annual meeting last Sunday. She replaced John Gilberg, who handed over the reins to Izzi Abrams after a Read More

JUNE 7, 2018, PEABODY – This fall, Temple Ner Tamid of Peabody will pilot an innovative new Hebrew School for students in kindergarten through seventh grade. In addition, the temple also will add educational programs for high school students and adults, with many of the programs available online. Students will have the option of taking Read More

JUNE 7, 2018, BOSTON – To honor local survivors of the Holocaust and to pay tribute to those who perished, the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston and its partners will present “Rededication to Resiliency,” a community commemoration of Yom HaShoah, at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 10, at Faneuil Hall in Boston. This Read More

JUNE 7, 2018 – Secretary of State Bill Galvin found out June 2 that reaching his seventh term will be no easy ride. Boston City Councilor Josh Zakim got 55 percent of the vote at the Democratic State Convention in Worcester, and has the backing of Boston Mayor Marty Walsh heading into the primary on Read More

JUNE 7, 2018 – Walk through the halls of Temple Emanuel of Andover on any given day, and chances are you’ll hear music coming from somewhere. It’s not always the kind of music you’d expect at a temple. Often at the end of Shabbat services, you’ll hear “Sounds of Silence” by Simon & Garfunkel. On Read More

MAY 24, 2018 , BOSTON – How about some Boston cream pie banana pudding, with layers of vanilla pudding, vanilla wafers, bananas, and decadent chocolate fudge? It’s even kosher. You can also choose from handmade treats such as cupcakes, cookies, cheesecakes, customized cakes, pies, and icebox desserts at Magnolia Bakery Boston, which opened its first Read More

MAY 24, 2018 – BEVERLY – A famous ad campaign of many years ago proclaimed” “You don’t have to be Jewish to love Levy’s” rye bread. In more recent times, apparently one need not be Jewish to be a member of a synagogue. At Temple B’nai Abraham of Beverly’s Annual Congregational Meeting on May 17 Read More

MAY 24, 2018 – Temple Emanu-El in Marble­head and Congregation Shirat Hayam in Swampscott are employing teenagers as madrichim to teach the traditions of Jewish faith to the youngest generation. Each student is assigned a job based on their interests. Some help with setup and office work; others will teach about upcoming holidays, traditional songs Read More