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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

AUGUST 2, 2018 - Attending a jam-packed trip in a foreign country with 100 teens can be overwhelming for anyone. That’s why for the fourth year in a row, the Ruderman Family Foundation awarded a $15,000 grant to Y2I to help teens with disabilities participate in the program. The grant helped sponsor extra counselors and Read More

AUGUST 2, 2018 - Rebecca Gay is a graduate of the Epstein Hillel School and UMass Boston '15 who recently started working as the program officer for young adult engagement at Combined Jewish Philanthropies. Name: Rebecca Gay Age: 27 Hometown: Swampscott Alma Mater: Epstein Hillel School ’05, Swampscott High School ’09, UMass Boston ’15 Favorite Read More

JULY 19, 2018 - Luke Palmer is a graduate of the Epstein Hillel School in Marblehead who moved to Los Angeles and created a web series partially based on his experiences with Asperger’s syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder. ________________________________ Name: Luke Palmer Age: 27 Hometown: Swampscott Alma Mater: Epstein Hillel School ’05, the Corwin Russell Read More

JULY 19, 2018 – These days, it’s hard to get decent services for only $10 an hour. But when you take the annual price of many of the local Hebrew schools and divide it by the number of hours students spend there, that’s around what it costs. “You can’t get good babysitting for that amount Read More

JULY 19, 2018, MARBLEHEAD – Salima Slimane of Malden had already tried a few other specialized camps for her 9-year-old son, who is on the autism spectrum and has ADHD and social anxiety. While Slimane was satisfied with the other camps, she wanted him to get more interaction with other children. “We don’t have the 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, MARBLEHEAD – There was a palpable adrenaline coursing through the JCC on the morning of June 25. You could feel the antsy energy everywhere. High-pitched beeps of membership cards followed an unending stream of people in exercise clothing. In the distance, Zumba instructor James D’Ambrosio never stopped smiling as he rapidly contorted Read More