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JULY 5, 2018 – “The leaves of cannabis make one happy,” wrote David ben Solomon ibn Abi Zimra, the chief rabbi of Cairo in the 16th century. Cannabis leaves may have made Cairo Jews happy 500 or so years ago, but what do they do for the Jews of 2018 in Massachusetts where, as of Read More

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JULY 5, 2018, BOSTON – Nearly 400 people who grew up during the “Golden Age” of Boston’s Jewish community in the Roxbury, Dorchester, and Mattapan neighborhoods gathered at the Boston Marriott Quincy on June 23 for the 44th Anniversary Reunion of the YMHA-Hecht House Alumni Association. Most attendees spent their childhoods and teen years along Read More

JULY 5, 2018 - We’re starting a Q&A feature where we check in with millennials from the area about their lives and their evolving Jewish identities. For our first edition, we spoke to Mikayla Bean, who grew up in Marblehead, and recently moved to Los Angeles to get her master’s degree in journalism from the Read More

JULY 5, 2018, JERUSALEM – Israeli Jews and Jews abroad are at odds, whether it’s about Donald Trump or matters of religion and state. Just last week, Diaspora Jewry seemed to have this in mind when it handed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a stinging defeat in choosing a new chairman for the Jewish Agency. For Read More

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JULY 5, 2018 – Sixty years ago, Leonard Bernstein took the stage at Carnegie Hall to conduct one of his earliest Young People’s Concerts, the New York Philharmonic Orchestra’s pioneering series to introduce classical music to a new generation. The concert on Feb. 28, 1958, was just a few weeks after the 39-year-old maestro assumed Read More

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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