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NOVEMBER 1, 2018 – On Saturday, October 27, 11 Jews attending Shabbat services at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh were murdered. Here are their stories. Joyce Fienberg, 75 A native of Toronto who settled in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood, Fienberg was a former research specialist at the University of Pittsburgh. The Learning Research and Read More

  NOVEMBER 1, 2018, BEVERLY – When Joe Schneider hears the rhetoric surrounding much of contemporary American politics, he’s reminded of his early childhood in communist Romania. “When I listen to politicians just present talking points, they all are saying the same exact thing, like the Soviet Politburo,” said Schneider, who is running as a Read More

NOVEMBER 1, 2018 – A day after 11 Jews were killed during a Shabbat morning service at a Pittsburgh temple, thousands gathered across Massachusetts at prayer vigils and rallies to denounce hate, violence and anti-Semitism. “This is not a failure of civility. This was an anti-Semitic mass murder,” Boston Mayor Marty Walsh told over 1,000 Read More

NOVEMBER 1, 2018, READING and SALEM – Less than a week after hundreds gathered on the Reading Town Common to decry the slew of swastikas and hate slogans that have been found in town schools and municipal properties, another swastika was discovered at the town’s high school. In a separate incident in Salem, police discovered Read More

NOVEMBER 1, 2018 - Community Leader Sharon Rich has been selected by the Greater Boston Jewish community to receive the Jewish Federations of North America’s 2019 Kipnis-Wilson/Friedland Award, which recognizes extraordinary women for their inspirational leadership, philanthropy, and commitment to the Jewish world. The award will be presented at CJP’s Lion of Judah Luncheon on Read More

NOVEMBER 1, 2018 – November 10, 1938, began like any other day for Eric Kahn, now of Swampscott. He made his way to the Jewish school housed in a barracks on the outskirts of Wiesbaden, which the German city’s Jewish children had been forced to attend for the previous two years. About an hour into Read More

OCTOBER 18, 2018, LYNNFIELD – When Cara Shaer Maney felt a lump in her neck, she chalked it up to swollen glands and didn’t think much of it, especially when her primary care doctor didn’t seem too concerned. Several weeks later, however, after a bout of colds, congestion, and achiness left her feeling “not herself,” Read More

OCTOBER 18, 2018 – Many countries, states, and cities are now considering enacting bans on plastic straws, a move hailed by environmentalists as a major step in the right direction. However, for attorney Robyn Powell, whose arthrogryposis limits use of her hands and legs, such a ban would mean that it would become far more Read More

OCTOBER 18, 2018 – This year I volunteered to serve a small and unusual kehillah (community) in Bali, an Indonesian island. They have named themselves “Congregation B’nai Hof,” which translates into Beach Boys. I was the only rabbi in this vast country of 250 million people, spread out over 17,000 islands. I did not receive Read More

OCTOBER 18, 2018, SWAMPSCOTT – After eight years at Chabad Lubavitch of the North Shore, Rabbi Shmaya and Aliza Friedman and their four children will move to Atlanta to work with its Jewish community. The Friedmans moved to Swampscott in 2011. Rabbi Friedman served as Chabad’s associate rabbi and was also the director of the Read More