A Holocaust story unknown to most: The journey from a Greek island to Auschwitz

RHODES, Greece – Almost every visitor to this Dodecanese island arrives with a guidebook in hand. I recommend instead a book called “One Hundred Saturdays.” It is Michael Frank’s story of the hundred Saturdays he spent taking the testimony of Stella Levi, a woman unknown to most Jews but whose story begs to be known. […]

With Joe Biden, Jewish Americans have a strong ally in the White House

For the past 66 years, the federal government has produced bound editions bearing the title “Public Papers of the Presidents.” Hardly anyone ever opens these books; I have spent a lifetime covering and studying presidents, and even I seldom pierce them. But there is reason to hope that, sometime in the future, someone might open […]

Arthur J. Epstein, business executive and philanthropist, dies

Arthur Joseph Epstein, who rose from modest roots in Malden to become a business executive and philanthropist, died on Sunday, March 21, 2023. He was 86. While in high school, Arthur worked in his father’s Wakefield factory, Mystic Enterprises. After his father passed when Arthur was 16, he took on more responsibilities at Mystic. Arthur […]

Editorial: Honoring our community leaders, and supporting the Jewish Journal

The North Shore, and Greater Boston, are blessed with dedicated, compassionate community Jewish leaders. While they are volunteers, many see their work as a 24-hour job. And over the last three years during the pandemic, the pressures of the job have been intense. As people moved online and away from in-person gatherings, the work continued […]

A giant among us: Bernie Hyatt, former Jewish Advocate owner, dies at 99

Bernie Hyatt always seemed to be around a story, or telling one. A Harvard-educated attorney and the son of a rabbi, Hyatt rejected law and instead combined two of his strongest passions: Judaism and journalism. For more than half a century, he embodied Jewish journalism in Boston. A dapper dresser and raconteur, he wrote over […]

Editorial: Happy Passover

Passover began this week and runs until April 13. According to a Pew Foundation study, 70 percent of American Jews participate in a Seder, making it the most popular holiday Jews observe. It is a social holiday that brings families, friends and strangers to the table to partake in a night of storytelling and food. […]

Editorial: On Passover, Israelis help define the meaning of freedom

On Saturday evening after Shabbat, Israelis taught the world a lesson about democracy. Hundreds of thousands could not sit still after they learned that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had fired Defense Minister Yoav Gallant. Gallant had warned that Netanyahu’s plan to reform the country’s judiciary system was becoming a threat to Israel’s security. Pilots, key […]

American Jews watch warily as Israeli democracy waivers

It is tempting to say that this moment – angry demonstrations in Israeli streets, bitter debates about democratic values, persistent conflict with Palestinians – is one of those times when American Jews’ sentiments toward Israel are being tested again. But in truth, there has never before been a moment like this. A time when an […]

Editorial: Israel is on the cusp of civil war

“THE STATE OF ISRAEL will be open for Jewish immigration and for the ingathering of the exiles; it will foster the development of the country for the benefit of all its inhabitants; it will be based on freedom, justice and peace as envisaged by the prophets of Israel; it will ensure complete equality of social […]