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May 24, 2018, BEVERLY – “Hey, kids,” shouts Jim Younger to a gaggle of religious school students, ages 2 to 13, as they crowd around a large vegetable garden at Beverly’s Temple B’nai Abraham. “Do ya like peas?” The kids shuffle their feet. A couple of them shyly raise their hands, but the rest regard Read More

MAY 24, 2018 – In the fall of 2017, the Jewish Community Center of the North Shore in Marblehead expanded its highly successful Sea Serpent swim team to include Olympic Way, a team for swimmers with physical challenges and neurodiverse abilities. JCCNS Olympic Way competes in Special Olympics events. During weekly practices, the swimmers are Read More

MAY 24, 2018 – One Sunday in late 2014, Lowell educator Marcy Winer was reading The Boston Globe with her husband, as she did every Sunday. Winer would find a story that would change her life. “I read an article about homeless children living in a North Shore motel,” Winer recalled. “I could not just Read More

MAY 24, 2018 – When Yaniv Havusha was in college, he went to Israel to visit his grandmother. The two of them sat down to watch TV together because the language barrier prevented them from being able to have long conversations. At a lull in the show, his safta turned to him and said, “Know Read More

MAY 24, 2018 – Nine synagogues in Greater Boston spanning all movements were selected to become Congregational Partners of the Ruderman Synagogue Inclusion Project, collaboration between Combined Jewish Philanthropies, Boston’s Jewish Federation, and the Ruderman Family Foundation. Together, they are working to create communities where people of all abilities are welcomed and participate fully. The Read More

MAY 24, 2018 – When Alty Weinreb answered the ad Congregation Shirat Hayam placed for a new cantor, it was because he was attracted to its name. “I love music [shirat] and the ocean [hayam], so I thought it might be interesting,” he said from his New York City home. After Weinreb experienced the Shabbat Read More

MAY 10, 2018 – It used to be that families with children enrolled in Jewish day school were a pretty homogenous crowd, two Jewish parents raising Jewish children. At Epstein Hillel School (EHS) there are still plenty of families who fit that bill, but there are more than a few who do not. Of all Read More

MAY 10, 2018 – A community benefits in countless ways when it travels to Israel together: new friendships are formed, while bonds with Israel are undoubtedly strengthened; Jewish communal leaders are re-inspired and energized, and everyone’s passion for Israel is ignited. Since 2006, Lappin Foundation has organized 25 exciting trips to Israel for the North Read More

MAY 10, 2018 – It’s a scene many residents of the North Shore can recall in some variation or another. Off a busy street, a winding road meanders up a steep hill. The further up you go, the better the ocean views get. At the parking lot on top, you see a couple on their Read More

MAY 6, 2018 – Rabbi Aaron D. Panken, president of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, died in a plane crash on May 5, 2018. He was 53 years old. Panken was a highly skilled pilot performing a routine flight check near Middletown, N.Y., a spokesperson told the Cleveland Jewish News. Middletown is about 75 Read More