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MAY 18, 2017 — Last Friday morning, Amy Farber smiled as she strolled through the lobby of Temple Ahavat Achim in Gloucester. It had been a good week for Cape Ann’s sole shul. The previous Sunday, Neshama Carlebach headlined a sold-out fundraiser at Rockport’s Shalin Liu Performance Center to kick off the synagogue’s planned $2.5 Read More

MAY 18, 2017 — Congregation Shirat Hayam in Swampscott and Temple Sinai in Marblehead were among dozens of synagogues that applied for Ruderman Synagogue Inclusion Project (RSIP) grants in 2016. Both were selected and on May 23, they will be among the nine 2017 Cohort of RSIP Congregational Partners welcomed and recognized at the annual Read More

MAY 18, 2017 — On Yom Ha’atzmaut (Israel Independence Day) in May of last year, Debbie Coltin was reading a story to a group of children and their parents when a little girl turned to her mother and asked, “Mommy, does Israel really look like that?” The mom, who had never been to Israel, panicked Read More

MAY 18, 2017 — Ray Allen won an Olympic gold medal, NBA championships with the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat, and has acted in a Spike Lee film. Now 41 and retired from the NBA, he’s taken on a more serious assignment. Last December, President Barack Obama appointed Allen to the US Holocaust Memorial Council Read More

BEVERLY – From an early age, Beckah Restivo wondered what happened to her great-grandfather, Felix Auerhan, during the Holocaust. Although she was raised a Christian, she spent a lot of time with her Jewish mother’s uncle and father, who filled her with stories about growing up in Germany before World War II. Now 31, Restivo Read More

SALEM – When Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll was invited to participate in the American Israel Education Foundation’s educational seminar to Israel for members of Congress and other politically influential people, she jumped at the chance. She had never been to Israel, and the program and list of participants was the perfect fit for her first Read More

SALEM — Salem police are continuing to investigate the painting of a swastika on the bandstand at Salem Common last week. To date, there have been no arrests. “I am sorry to report that sometime over the weekend a swastika was painted on the bandstand at Salem Common,” Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll said in a Read More

  SALEM – Steven A. Rosenberg, an acclaimed journalist who worked for the last 15 years as a staff writer and columnist for The Boston Globe, has been named the new publisher and editor of the Jewish Journal. As a journalist, photographer, and documentary filmmaker, Rosenberg’s work has been featured on many media outlets, including Read More

BEVERLY – Over 350 people attended the Israel Independence Day Concert last Sunday at the Cabot Theatre in Beverly. The event, sponsored by the Jewish Community Center of the North Shore featured the Temple Sinai Band and Cohen Hillel Academy Vocal Ensemble; Temple Emanu-El’s Rabbi David Meyer and Jon Nelson, along with Congregation Shirat Hayam’s Cantor Read More

A resolution recently approved by the Tufts University student senate that calls on the college to divest from four companies that do business with Israel has left students active in Tufts Hillel unsettled but resolute that the vote does not define or reflect the strong and vibrant Jewish life on the liberal arts campus that Read More