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MARCH 22, 2018 – One of the reasons I transitioned from being the rabbi of Congregation Shirat Hayam (Swampscott, MA) and started my new non-profit organization, welaunch.org, is because I am so passionate about what I call Tech-un Olam: the power of technology, R&D, innovation, entrepreneurism to repair this broken world. Over the past decade Read More

MARCH 22, 2018 – As we go about our busy schedules, we don’t often have time to sit back and reflect on some of life’s fundamental questions. Suddenly, in a quiet moment, and often when we least expect it, all the questions hit at once. We wonder if we’re living the life we really want Read More

MARCH 22, 2018 – SWAMPSCOTT – Alty Weinreb, a native of New York, has been named the new cantor at Congregation Shirat Hayam. Weinreb will begin his post this summer and will succeed Cantor Elana Rozenfeld, who will step down in June after serving the temple for six years so she can spend more time Read More

MARCH 22, 2018 – WALTHAM – Barry Shrage, who is set to retire this summer as the president of Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston, has been named professor of the Practice in the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program at Brandeis University. Shrage’s appointment underscores Brandeis’ longstanding commitment to serving the Jewish community. “Brandeis was Read More

MARCH 22, 2018 – When Rachel Jacobson started teaching at Hebrew schools on the North Shore in 1977, the conservative synagogues held classes three days a week with mandatory attendance expected on Shabbat. She remembers the curriculum’s concentration on learning to speak and write Hebrew, and on learning prayers at Shabbat. “The kids were comfortable Read More

MARCH 22, 2018 – NAHANT – In a perfect world Ute Gfrerer and Lisa Rosowsky might never have met. In that realm, Ute would not have had to learn that her father fought for the Nazis in World War II, and Lisa’s father would not have become an orphan in France. More than 70 years Read More

MARCH 22, 2018 – Lou Krinsky sat in a chair in the lobby of the third floor of the Jack Satter House in Revere and stared out at the ocean. It was just after 11 a.m., and Krinsky had been up since 6. He had read the Globe, had breakfast, and finished a 30-minute workout Read More

MARCH 8, 2018 – WASHINGTON – Escaping from the political pressures and investigations back home, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu found a warm greeting at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference on Tuesday, where the Israeli leader fell back into familiar themes of thwarting Iranian aggression and touting his strong relationship with Read More

MARCH 8, 2018 – The head of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee called for the creation of a Palestinian state in his address to the organization’s annual pro-Israel conference in Washington, D.C. AIPAC CEO Howard Kohr told the 18,000 attendees on Sunday evening that everyone must work “toward that future: two states for two Read More

MARCH 8, 2018 – BOSTON – Last Sunday, 450 people participated in New England Anti-Defamation League’s 11th annual seder celebration. The seder drew people from across the state and from all faiths and backgrounds. “At a time when immigrants are living in fear and facing harassment every day we acknowledge our responsibility to honor human Read More