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A resolution recently approved by the Tufts University student senate that calls on the college to divest from four companies that do business with Israel has left students active in Tufts Hillel unsettled but resolute that the vote does not define or reflect the strong and vibrant Jewish life on the liberal arts campus that Read More

They’re known as the Gellers: Rabbi Myron S. (Mike) and Eileen, who are being honored at a concert May 7 to endow the Sylvia Cohen Religious School at Gloucester’s historic Temple Ahavat Achim. The 5 p.m. event at Rockport’s Shalin Liu Performance Center will feature acclaimed singer Neshama Carlebach, her band, and a gospel choir Read More

Carole and Jack Skowronski will be receiving the Edith Bloch Award for their commitment to learning and the pursuit of knowledge. The award will be presented at the Friends of the Hillel Library celebratory brunch at Cohen Hillel Academy, Six Community Road in Marblehead, on Sunday, May 7 at 10:30 am. Award-winning author and Northampton Read More

Michele Tamaren Special to the Journal “There is no valley so deep and dark but a path leads up from it to the light.” At thirteen Michele Tamaren read Helen Keller’s words and wondered, where is this path and how can we find it? Michele has made it her life’s work to explore these soul Read More

It’s not an occasion that the JCC has celebrated in recent memory, and maybe that’s part of the reason it’s creating so much excitement. It’s also different for the “J” to be holding an event at the Cabot Theater in Beverly rather than at its Marblehead community center. “We’re looking to really expand our reach Read More

On a steamy hot summer day in July, 2015, Ted Cutler sat relaxed at a table on the Boston Common, holding court at the reception area for “Outside the Box,” a free, multi-day festival of music and the arts. Cutler, in his 80s, was in his element. The musician-turned-businessman-turned-philanthropist was the sponsor of the multimillion-dollar Read More

After 25 years at Temple Emanu-El in Marblehead, it’s not hard to find congregants with rich and heartfelt stories that they’re eager to share about Rabbi David Meyer: “When a Junior Rabbi decides to test the market and seek a senior role, he doesn’t usually share that information with his congregation. He does, however, share Read More

“I didn’t have a normal childhood,” said Samuel Kassow in a remarkable case of understatement; the Trinity College history professor was born in a Displaced Persons Camp in Germany to two Holocaust survivors. Growing up, his parents didn’t like to talk about their experiences. “They went through hell, and they had a lot of anger Read More

In last week’s edition of the Journal (March 23), we broke the news that Barry Shrage had announced his intention to step down as CEO and president of Combined Jewish Philanthropies in the summer of 2018. In an interview last week to explain the decision, the first question we asked Barry had to do with Read More

Is a true leader one who is ready to give up leadership? Major Israeli playwright Joshua Sobol (“Ghetto,” among many others) seems to think so in his provocatively secular new drama “David, King” (“David, Melech”), in an April 5 premiere staged reading at Wellesley College. To Israeli Stage artistic director Guy Ben-Aharon, who has given Read More