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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

Barry Shrage, president of Combined Jewish Philanthropies in Boston, announced this week that he will be stepping down from that position next year. “I expect this change will take place around the summer of 2018,” said Shrage. “A search committee, chaired by Aron Ain, CEO of Kronos and Shira Goodman, CEO of Staples, will begin Read More

In the wake of the most recent spate of bomb threats against local Jewish institutions, local law enforcement officials from the FBI and Justice department, as well as local police departments, are responding to the threats against the Jewish community. As news spread, expressions of support bolstered the spirits of those impacted by the incident Read More

Just back from a late February, school vacation week aid trip to New Orleans, the two rabbis from Chabad of the North Shore are still glowing with joy. Leading a volunteer effort that brought a stunning 55 volunteers to the impoverished Ninth Ward – which is still struggling to recover from Hurricane Katrina 12 years Read More

Twenty-eight years ago, New Zealand created an unusual fashion competition in which the participants weren’t necessarily haute couture or daily wear fashion designers. Instead, a former costume designer from the iconic Cirque du Soleil, woodworkers, architects, potters, sculptors, carpenters, teachers, set designers, kitchen putterers, boatbuilders, and others were welcomed to this international competition and encouraged Read More

Swordfish meatballs served on challah. Paella stuffed knishes. Savory rugellah wrapped around ground lamb. A garbanzo stew recalling the Spanish Inquisition and a Shakalatke. Boston’s top chefs, bakers and drink purveyors from in and out of the Jewish community served up inventive Sephardic style dishes at Beyond Bubbie’s Kitchen, the popular food event held last Read More

Trying to get something fun going for kids on the North Shore, active members of Temple Ner Tamid in Peabody got organized and launched North Shore Youth Group (NSYG), a new activity group for children in the 3rd through 8th grades. They had their first get-together in December, which featured activities to let them get Read More

What should theatergoers make of a Jewish homeless veteran whose essential role model is his Bubbie who has been working at a nursing home tending to fellow Jewish grandmothers? The middle-aged veteran in question, known as Frog, is finding his own care of sorts at an ecumenical industrial soup kitchen run by a Bronx church Read More

When Gitit Shoval takes the stage at Temple Reyim in Newton this month, she will lead her audience on a global musical tour that reflects her own life’s creative journey through songs from Israel and the U.S. In an award winning musical career spanning forty years, the Israeli-born singer and platinum selling recording artist has Read More

At a time when traditional congregations are struggling to attract families with young children to Shabbat services, Lappin Foundation seems to have discovered a silver bullet: PJ Library Shabbat Circles and Tot Shabbat. Over the past 18 months, attendance at Shabbat services by families with young children has exploded on the North Shore, thanks to Read More