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MAY 24, 2018 – One Sunday in late 2014, Lowell educator Marcy Winer was reading The Boston Globe with her husband, as she did every Sunday. Winer would find a story that would change her life. “I read an article about homeless children living in a North Shore motel,” Winer recalled. “I could not just Read More

MAY 24, 2018 – Though the days are gloriously warm and sunny on the North Shore these days, many of us recall where we were during the repeated storms this past winter. While most of us were hunkered down in our homes, Leah Schauer and her family were braving the elements to attend her bat Read More

MAY 10, 2018 – It used to be that families with children enrolled in Jewish day school were a pretty homogenous crowd, two Jewish parents raising Jewish children. At Epstein Hillel School (EHS) there are still plenty of families who fit that bill, but there are more than a few who do not. Of all Read More

APRIL 26, 2018 – Doing an Ancestry DNA kit wasn’t supposed to be so surprising. I thought I’d spit in a tube, and find out basically what I already knew: that I was the typical American mutt of white cultures. As someone who was raised as vaguely Protestant, my DNA results coming back as 3 Read More

APRIL 26, 2018 – SWAMPSCOTT – In a Swampscott High School classroom of nearly 30 students, Lisa Green is teaching the history of the Holocaust using a curriculum known as “Facing History.”  It focuses on the integration of current and historical events, relying on students to forge the connections. In a community with a substantial Read More

APRIL 12, 2018 – Last Sukkot, around 40 teenagers from all over the North Shore came to Rabbi Shmaya Friedman’s house in Swampscott to celebrate. Under the sukkah, they made tacos, put on some Israeli music, and lit a bonfire. A few of the attendees were 12 and 13, and didn’t know many of the Read More

APRIL 12, 2018 – Despite threats of the fourth nor’easter in the last few weeks, 15 high school students from Marblehead High School, Swampscott High School, and St. John’s Prep made it to Congregation Shirat Hayam in Swampscott to attend an interactive training session called “What’s Up at College: How to Identify and Respond to Read More

APRIL 12, 2018 - Jill Simmons-Wetmore, Mason Wetmore, Andrew Wetmore, Judi Simmons and Steve Simmons are pictured at the 2017 Take Steps for Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation banquet where Mason was presented with several awards for his outstanding fundraising and participation Read More

APRIL 12, 2018 - Over 70 students, faculty and parents took part in the St. John's Prep Jewish Student Union's 17th annual Interfaith Passover Seder.  From left: Matt Serdukoff, Ben Chapman, Cole Mooney, Bar Argaman and Shira Becker (from the Shinshinim Young Ambassadors Program), Daniel Kasten and Andrew Orfaly Read More

APRIL 12, 2018 – SALEM – Combined Jewish Philan­thropies is joining the Jewish Teen Initiative of Greater Boston to bring a community-wide Mitzvah Day to Salem on April 22 to support those in need. Adults and teens from throughout the North Shore are urged to join together in helping to landscape, paint, and freshen up Read More