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  NOVEMBER 1, 2018 - Many of us leave temple or synagogue after services with feelings of peace, comfort, and perhaps camaraderie. This past Yom Kippur I left with something more: a new cousin. It all began just prior to the Yizkor service. I had looked through our memorial booklet, focusing on the names of 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 4, 2018 – Once we get through the solemnity of the High Holidays, it’s time to celebrate, and what better way than to decorate a sukkah! At least that’s what my children thought, and it was my pleasure to take them back to temple to participate in this fun event. One thing I always Read More

OCTOBER 4, 2018 - To mark the 80th anniversary of the Evian Conference, an International Educational Symposium on Human Rights and Global Anti-Semitism was held on July 10-11 at the Hôtel Royal in Évian-les-Bains, France. The conference’s theme was “Remembering the Past & Plotting a Course for the Future.” The event hosted 25 leaders from Read More

OCTOBER 4, 2018, MARBLEHEAD – Charles Chen, a married father of three, needed a job quickly. His unemployment benefits were running out, he and his family couldn’t afford his wife’s health insurance, and his teenage daughter was due to give birth in two months. He thought he could get employment training, but he went to Read More

OCTOBER 4, 2018, MARBLEHEAD – “He had rained upon them manna to eat, and given them grain of heaven,” says Psalm 78, describing the miraculous food that God provided the Israelites during their exodus from slavery. The word “manna” appears in the Torah, the New Testament, and the Koran, and its usage in all three Read More

AUGUST 16, 2018 – Robert Meeropol was only 6 years old when his parents, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, were executed in 1953 by the US government as spies for the Soviet Union. Earlier this month, at age 71, he took part in an ancient Jewish ritual when he put on tefillin for the first time Read More

AUGUST 2, 2018 - A few weeks ago on a Sunday morning, I came home from a temple meeting and opened the refrigerator only to discover everything was warm. I had to wait until the next day for a service call to hear the dreaded verdict: the compressor had given up. It didn’t pay to Read More

JULY 19, 2018 – Herman and Marilyn Sokolow will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary on July 21. They reside in Marblehead, and have four children and nine grandchildren Read More

JULY 19, 2018 – Chelsea Jewish Lifecare (CJL), a highly respected leader in senior living with campuses in Chelsea and Peabody, Massachusetts and JGS Lifecare (JGS) a leading healthcare system serving seniors and their families in western Massachusetts, announced their intention to affiliate. “Affiliating our two organizations makes a great deal of sense at this Read More