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DECEMBER 13, 2018 – For the second time this fall, a swastika was discovered on a door at a residential hall at UMass-Amherst. According to the University of Massachusetts Police Department, the swastika was found on a door outside of a residential assistant’s room in Baker Hall, in the Central residential area of the campus Read More

DECEMBER 13, 2018, MARBLEHEAD – Marty Schneer kept coming back to the same question: Would community members be interested in Jewish-themed international group travel opportunities? To find out, Schneer, executive director of the Jewish Community Center of the North Shore in Marblehead, and Sara Ewing, the JCCNS’s adult program director, recently conducted a survey of Read More

DECEMBER 13, 2018 – There are many organizations, programs, and trips designed to teach American Jews about Israel. But what about the other way around? Aaron Kalman, a program officer in Israel-American Jewish relations for the Ruderman Family Foundation, recently helped organize a delegation of influential Israeli journalists to spend five days in Boston and Read More

DECEMBER 13, 2018, WALTHAM – In the near decade since Dr. Rachel Adatto first proposed an Israeli law to address the dangers of eating disorders, she has become a leading voice educating the world. In Israel alone, some 1,500 new cases of eating disorders are diagnosed each year, according to Adatto, a women’s health physician Read More

DECEMBER 13, 2018, EVERETT – When Rabbi Sruli Baron was in rabbinical school at the Yeshivas Lubavitch-Detroit, he spent his breaks and summers traveling around the world to Jewish communities with no permanent rabbinical presence, from Chile to Venezuela to Argentina to Germany. One break, he and friends brought Torahs and tefillin to Cuba, and Read More

DECEMBER 13, 2018 – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who rose from political obscurity in the last year to capture a pivotal congressional seat representing the Bronx and Queens in New York, announced that she had Jewish heritage at a Hanukkah party last week in Jackson Heights. “A very, very long time ago, generations and generations ago, my Read More

DECEMBER 13, 2018, MALDEN – One night many years ago, Ed Weiner and his son Jonathan, then 5 or 6 years old, were walking through Boston Common and saw a number of homeless people sleeping in boxes. When Jonathan asked his parents about it, Weiner and his wife, Elaine, explained to their son that these Read More

DECEMBER 13, 2018, NEEDHAM – For the third time in seven months, a swastika has been found at a Needham school. Needham school officials said the swastika – carved in a bathroom at the high school, along with racist and homophobic graffiti – was discovered on Tuesday morning at Needham High School. In an email to Read More

DECEMBER 6, 2018 – For those diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, the best chance of finding a life-saving match is from a donor of similar race or ethnicity. This is what happened when young Idan Zablocki was diagnosed with a genetic disorder impacting his blood – Hyper IgM syndrome. It is an immune deficiency caused Read More

NOVEMBER 29, 2018, WINTHROP – When Dr. Howie Brooks of Winthrop sat his parents down to tell them he wanted to be a dentist, they were bemused. “I sat down on the bed and I said, ‘I am going to go to dental school …’ And they looked at me and they said, ‘OK,’” Brooks Read More