From Kyiv to Swampscott

SWAMPSCOTT — What do you bring with you if you’re a 7-year-old boy who has to flee your home in Kyiv and hide underground from the bombs? When all you can take is one backpack? Here’s what Nikita Suvorov took: Snacks. A water bottle. His iPad. And one book. (About Minecraft, the video game.) Nikita, […]

Peabody’s Tifereth Israel to mark its 100th anniversary

PEABODY — On Sunday, about 80 members of Peabody’s Congregation Tifereth Israel will mark their synagogue’s 100th anniversary with a meal at the Continental in Saugus. Stories will be told about bar mitzvahs, weddings and other milestones that took place at the modest two-floor white temple that has served the congregation since 1955. But much […]

Fallen Heroes

Remembering American Jewish Casualties of Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, New Dawn and Freedom’s Sentinel This list of Fallen Soldiers was gathered by the National Museum of American Jewish Military History in Washington, D.C. Visit to read more or download a PDF.    

Auchincloss advocates for veterans in Congress

NEWTON – Instead of going on to earn a master’s degree in business after graduating from Harvard, Jake Auchincloss enlisted in the Marines and served from 2010 to 2015, including a tour of duty in war-torn Afghanistan. Veterans Day Nov. 11, he said, is “about service in pursuit of a larger mission, it’s about sacrifice […]

The mysterious disappearance of Revere’s last Torah

How does a 60-pound Torah go missing for two weeks? Did it travel to New York or Amsterdam or Nairobi? Or did it remain in Boston? Most likely, no one will ever know exactly what happened to the sacred scroll during those 14 days in August. For most of the 20th century, and up until […]

Clean your soul – and the water – with ‘Reverse Tashlich’

Tashlich, the Jewish ritual of metaphorically casting one’s sins into a body of water, is a key part of the High Holidays. A contemporary approach to the ritual uses an environmental lens – the “Reverse Tashlich” – in which participants remove litter from a body of water. For the second consecutive year, a Reverse Tashlich […]

Wyner Center preserves treasured records of local Jewish history

BOSTON – It’s a century-old scrapbook, with a modest, mottled black-and-white cover and yellowed interior pages, the kind of common family keepsake that might attract curious flea market shoppers or history buffs. But the letters and news clippings that are carefully preserved in the scrapbook of Abraham C. Ratshesky (1864-1943), reveal the anything but ordinary […]