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JULY 19, 2018, BOSTON – Yehuda Yaakov, Consul General of Israel to New England, and his wife Ofra have become familiar and friendly faces in Boston, on the North Shore, and across the region. From attending Shabbat services at local synagogues, taking in concerts, and hosting Israelis in programs across the spectrum of academic, social Read More

JULY 5, 2018, NEWTON – Third grade students at Solomon Schechter Day School in Newton have known the traditional way to write the Hebrew letter aleph for a long time now, but they recently learned two new methods. The first way is to take the right hand, clench in all fingers except for the thumb Read More

JULY 5, 2018, BOSTON – In the more than three decades since the Vilna Shul was rescued as an abandoned, condemned building in what was once an immigrant neighborhood teeming with Jewish life, it has been slowly transformed into a vibrant Jewish community center. Built in 1919 for Lithuanian immigrants, it attracts thousands of people Read More

JULY 5, 2018 – “The leaves of cannabis make one happy,” wrote David ben Solomon ibn Abi Zimra, the chief rabbi of Cairo in the 16th century. Cannabis leaves may have made Cairo Jews happy 500 or so years ago, but what do they do for the Jews of 2018 in Massachusetts where, as of Read More

JULY 5, 2018, BOSTON – Nearly 400 people who grew up during the “Golden Age” of Boston’s Jewish community in the Roxbury, Dorchester, and Mattapan neighborhoods gathered at the Boston Marriott Quincy on June 23 for the 44th Anniversary Reunion of the YMHA-Hecht House Alumni Association. Most attendees spent their childhoods and teen years along Read More

JULY 5, 2018, BOSTON – Combined Jewish Philan­thropies (CJP), Greater Boston’s Jewish Federation, announced the seven organizations that will receive a total of $28,300 in grants for programs to strengthen the North Shore Jewish community for fiscal year 2018-2019. CJP’s North Shore Community Grants program is run by a committee of volunteer leaders. The North Read More

JULY 5, 2018, HAVERHILL – Temple Emanu-El of Haverhill is thrilled to announce that Cantor Vera Broekhuysen has become its spiritual leader. Broekhuysen has been the temple’s cantor since July 2016 and is delighted to expand her role as the temple moves forward following the retirement last year of its longtime rabbi, Ira Korinow. The Read More

JUNE 21, 2018, MARBLEHEAD – Last week, more than 100 people attended the Epstein Hillel School Annual Meeting. The meeting, dubbed “If The Shoe Fits” – Im HaNa’al Matimah – was named as a tribute to incoming board president, Mark Farber, in recognition of his 50 years in the retail shoe industry. In the audience Read More

JUNE 21, 2018, MARBLEHEAD – A priest, a rabbi, and a minister walk into a synagogue. All of them are wearing yarmulkes. It sounds like the setup to a joke, but on Sunday, June 10, when eight members of the Marblehead Ministerial Association walked into Temple Sinai in yarmulkes and ceremonial robes, it was for Read More

JUNE 21, 2018, ANDOVER – It was 4 on a Friday afternoon, and things were winding down. Cindy Remis had just taken her baby daughter, Abby, to the doctor for her nine-month checkup, and everything seemed to be in order. Cindy was out the door when a last-minute question popped into her head. She walked Read More