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FEBRUARY 22, 2018 – Last week, 17 people perished when a gunman burst into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, Florida. Five of the victims were Jewish. This week we remember their lives and families. Alyssa Alhadeff, 14 Alyssa Alhadeff told her mother that she loved her as she was being dropped off at Read More

FEBRUARY 22, 2018 – Fifteen years may be a long time for a spark of an idea to blossom into a children’s book. But for Northampton writer Richard Michelson, the timing proved just right. On March 6, Michelson, a one-time poet laureate of Northampton and multi-award winning author of some 20 children’s books – including Read More

FEBRUARY 22, 2018 – Purim, which begins the evening of Feb. 28, is the story of a Jewish woman in Persia standing up for her people in the face of oppression. In celebration of the holiday, the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute has invited Roya Hakakian, its scholar-in-residence, to present the annual Diane Markowicz Memorial Lecture on Gender Read More

FEBRUARY 22, 2018 – CAMBRIDGE – Lawrence Bacow, who formerly served as president of Tufts University and chancellor of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will become the president of Harvard University on July 1. Bacow, 66, will become the third Jewish president to lead Harvard, following Lawrence Summers (2001-2006), and Neil Rudenstine (1991-2001). Bacow grew Read More

FEBRUARY 22, 2018 - Over the past five months, my partner Bar Argaman and I have served the Greater Boston Jewish community as young ambassadors for Israel, known in Hebrew as “Shinshinim.” Bar and I were selected to do a gap year of service in the Diaspora, sharing our perspectives and personal experiences as young Read More

FEBRUARY 8, 2018 – To Ariel Goldstein, there’s a big difference between a Jewish group traveling to a city like Budapest or Buenos Aires or Havana and that same group taking a legitimate “Jewish journey” to such a spot. Goldstein, who is starting his own travel company after organizing and leading trips for the JCC Read More

FEBRUARY 8, 2018 – MARBLEHEAD – Dr. Judith Stein of the Institute for Learning and Development in Lexington recently appeared at a parent and community workshop about executive functioning at the Epstein Hillel School. The workshop focused on strategies for children and adults that include organization skills, time management exercises, task initiation for difficult assignments Read More

FEBRUARY 8, 2018 – On Jan. 25, members of the Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action created mezuzot at the Mass State House Cafe for US Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey, and seven of the state’s nine US representatives. Rabbis and elected officials joined JALSA in thanking the legislators who earlier last month Read More

FEBRUARY 8, 2018 – New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft joined more than 1.2 million active participants in the World Jewish Congress’ #WeRemember campaign, a social media initiative to combat anti-Semitism and all forms of hatred, genocide, and xenophobia. Participants in the largest Holocaust commemoration event in the world included United Nations Secretary General António Read More

FEBRUARY 8, 2018 – AMHERST – Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 Great Jewish Books Teacher Summer Seminar at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. The workshop is for teachers at Jewish middle and high schools who want to deepen their knowledge of modern Jewish literature and culture, and enrich their teaching Read More