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It’s not an occasion that the JCC has celebrated in recent memory, and maybe that’s part of the reason it’s creating so much excitement. It’s also different for the “J” to be holding an event at the Cabot Theater in Beverly rather than at its Marblehead community center. “We’re looking to really expand our reach Read More

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On a steamy hot summer day in July, 2015, Ted Cutler sat relaxed at a table on the Boston Common, holding court at the reception area for “Outside the Box,” a free, multi-day festival of music and the arts. Cutler, in his 80s, was in his element. The musician-turned-businessman-turned-philanthropist was the sponsor of the multimillion-dollar Read More

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Film festivals aren’t just reserved for Cannes or Sundance. In fact, each year right in the North Shore’s backyard, the Merrimack Valley Jewish Federation hosts The Merrimack Valley Jewish Film Festival. Now in its seventh year, the festival originated by Executive Director Laurie Tishler Mindlin out of a need for more Jewish cultural programs in Read More

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After 25 years at Temple Emanu-El in Marblehead, it’s not hard to find congregants with rich and heartfelt stories that they’re eager to share about Rabbi David Meyer: “When a Junior Rabbi decides to test the market and seek a senior role, he doesn’t usually share that information with his congregation. He does, however, share Read More

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“I didn’t have a normal childhood,” said Samuel Kassow in a remarkable case of understatement; the Trinity College history professor was born in a Displaced Persons Camp in Germany to two Holocaust survivors. Growing up, his parents didn’t like to talk about their experiences. “They went through hell, and they had a lot of anger Read More

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Shortly after his oldest child Dan died of melanoma in 1998 at the age of 26, Steve Fine (of Peabody) founded the non-profit Melanoma Education Foundation and, since August of 2001, has devoted his full-time efforts to protecting young people from the disease. The primary mission of the foundation is to educate high school and Read More