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OCTOBER 18, 2018, LYNNFIELD – When Cara Shaer Maney felt a lump in her neck, she chalked it up to swollen glands and didn’t think much of it, especially when her primary care doctor didn’t seem too concerned. Several weeks later, however, after a bout of colds, congestion, and achiness left her feeling “not herself,” Read More

OCTOBER 18, 2018 – Many countries, states, and cities are now considering enacting bans on plastic straws, a move hailed by environmentalists as a major step in the right direction. However, for attorney Robyn Powell, whose arthrogryposis limits use of her hands and legs, such a ban would mean that it would become far more Read More

OCTOBER 18, 2018 – This year I volunteered to serve a small and unusual kehillah (community) in Bali, an Indonesian island. They have named themselves “Congregation B’nai Hof,” which translates into Beach Boys. I was the only rabbi in this vast country of 250 million people, spread out over 17,000 islands. I did not receive Read More

OCTOBER 18, 2018, SWAMPSCOTT – After eight years at Chabad Lubavitch of the North Shore, Rabbi Shmaya and Aliza Friedman and their four children will move to Atlanta to work with its Jewish community. The Friedmans moved to Swampscott in 2011. Rabbi Friedman served as Chabad’s associate rabbi and was also the director of the Read More

OCTOBER 18, 2018, GLOUCESTER – Let’s make this clear: Michal Sela and Sapir Uzan are ready for a good time. The two Shinshinim (back to that mouthful later) assigned to the North Shore are high energy Israeli teens who, two months into their U.S. adventure, seem ready to make the most of every encounter. Working Read More

OCTOBER 18, 2018, MARBLEHEAD – Ice hockey is not the first thing that comes to mind when most people think of Israel. Not so for Marblehead resident and hockey player Jacob Aizanman, who secured more than 200 pieces of equipment to bring to the Canada-Israel Hockey School for his bar mitzvah project. It all started Read More

OCTOBER 18, 2018, NEWTON CENTRE – On Monday, more than 600 people attended the installation of Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld as the ninth – and first female – president of Hebrew College. The event, which took place at Temple Emanuel in Newton, drew both local and national educational, religious, and community leaders, including Harvard University Read More

  OCTOBER 4, 2018, SWAMPSCOTT – On Rosh Hashanah, Shirat Hayam president Renée Sidman stood before her congregation with news she referred to as the “biggest transformation of Shirat Hayam since the merger 13 years ago.” At the beginning of its next fiscal year in May, Shirat Hayam – which was formed in 2005 by Read More

OCTOBER 4, 2018 - To mark the 80th anniversary of the Evian Conference, an International Educational Symposium on Human Rights and Global Anti-Semitism was held on July 10-11 at the Hôtel Royal in Évian-les-Bains, France. The conference’s theme was “Remembering the Past & Plotting a Course for the Future.” The event hosted 25 leaders from Read More

OCTOBER 4, 2018, CAMBRIDGE - In the month since the start of the school year, new Harvard University president Lawrence S. Bacow and his wife, Adele Fleet Bacow, have already dropped in on a Shabbat dinner at Harvard Hillel; donated bouquets of flowers for the High Holidays; and joined students during religious services on Yom Read More