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OCTOBER 18, 2018, GLOUCESTER – Let’s make this clear: Michal Sela and Sapir Uzan are ready for a good time. The two Shinshinim (back to that mouthful later) assigned to the North Shore are high energy Israeli teens who, two months into their U.S. adventure, seem ready to make the most of every encounter. Working Read More

OCTOBER 18, 2018, MARBLEHEAD – Ice hockey is not the first thing that comes to mind when most people think of Israel. Not so for Marblehead resident and hockey player Jacob Aizanman, who secured more than 200 pieces of equipment to bring to the Canada-Israel Hockey School for his bar mitzvah project. It all started Read More

OCTOBER 4, 2018 - In September more than 60 teens and community leaders from the North Shore and beyond kicked off the new season of Lappin Foundation’s Teen Israel Advocacy Fellows, who meet monthly on Sunday evenings from September to January.  Teens learn how to stand up for and defend Israel in preparation for facing Read More

SEPTEMBER 20, 2018 – There is a commandment in Leviticus that prohibits placing “stumbling blocks before the blind.” Though this line has been subject to many interpretations, for Brett Lubarsky, associate director of the Jewish Teen Initiative of Boston, it’s a call to remove barriers for people in difficult situations. “Our tradition teaches and encourages Read More

SEPTEMBER 20, 2018 – Since time immemorial September has been ushered in with new sneakers, fresh haircuts, and the excitement of the new school year. Now, more than ever, parents have an abundance of choices as to where to send their children – public, private, charter, and Jewish day schools among them. Most parents, like Read More

SEPTEMBER 20, 2018, DEDHAM – At a time when children have access to unprecedented amounts of information and influences, parents are increasingly looking to schools to guide their children to ask critical questions and make informed choices about their actions. Boston is home to an impressive variety of public and private schools, leaving parents with Read More

SEPTEMBER 20, 2018 – This week, we spoke to Adina Maniscalco, who was adopted from an orphanage in India and raised Jewish on the North Shore. Though she identifies as Jewish, she incorporates both aspects of her identity into her life.   Name: Adina Maniscalco Age: 28 Hometowns: Winthrop, Swampscott Currently Living In: Peabody Alma Read More

by DINA ZELDIN AUGUST 2, 2018 – Some of my impressions after spending two weeks in Israel: 1. Arrival I’ve never seen a more purple sky than the one on my first night in Israel. We had landed, exhausted from our cold airplane ride, and were welcomed by a gust of warm air that offered Read More

by DORA FRIEDMAN AUGUST 2, 2018 – The problem with the younger generation is we tend to disassociate. We avoid attachment, and avoid really connecting with the land around us. Before the Y2I trip, I would have blamed this detachment on the electronic screens that constantly surround us. But after traveling halfway around the world Read More

AUGUST 2, 2018 – With a short break in the beautifully chaotic two weeks I am spending in Israel, I have found time to reflect upon my experience and share my thoughts. This year marks my third trip to Israel in the last three summers of my young life. I am truly thankful and blessed Read More