Services Directory

Weddings, Bar Bat Mitzvahs, & More

Rhea Simon, vocalist & pianist

Rhea Simon has been entertaining at parties for many years. She is an accomplished singer and has a BFA in Music Theatre from Syracuse University.

Rhea started her professional career at 16, as a singer/dancer at Opryland, USA in her hometown of Nashville. She now captivates audiences all over the country, performing songs from the Great American Songbook and Broadway stage.

Besides performing at parties, Rhea delights listeners at clubs and venues such as The Club Cafe and Sculler’s in Boston and the Colonial Inn in Concord.

Contact Rhea at 978-857-9989.

Love Day Spa

Love Day SpaLove Day Spa in Marblehead is a beautiful calming and comfortable space. Our expert therapists each have over 30 years’ experience to attend to your every need and ensure that you are relaxed and refreshed for the big day – from relaxing massages and revitalizing facials, to manicure and pedicure, sunless tanning and waxing services. We offer over 50 indulgences to get you picture-perfect for the big day.

Schedule a full day of pampering services, or why not consider turning your day-of preparations into a three-day decadent experience, spreading out the routine to avoid the wedding-day rush.

We are conveniently located on the ground floor at Warwick Place, 123 Pleasant St., Marblehead.

Visit us online www.LoveDaySpaMarblehead.com or call us at 781-631-5683 for more information.

Catering By Tevya

Larry Levine’s Kosher Meat MarketBe a guest at your own party! We have an excellent reputation for quality and service to help make your simcha a special occasion. Catering By Tevya provides elegant kosher catering for bar and bat mitzvahs, weddings, seders, Shabbat dinners and all kinds of social functions.

We are continually updating our menus and enjoy meeting with our clients to personally design a menu to meet your needs for your special day. We are under the strict supervision of the Orthodox Rabbinical Council of Massachusetts.

Visit www.levineskoshermkt.com or contact us at 978-535-6449.

At Evan’s Deli, we understand everything that goes into planning an event. We pay close attention to detail so you don’t have to. Our fantastic staff makes the planning easy for you. Each of our custom-designed catering platters is served on decorative trays and bowls, and we provide all the plates, napkins, and serving utensils necessary for your event. We strive to provide the freshest food for you and your guests. Whether your event is an elaborate wedding celebration, corporate meeting, or cozy backyard party, you will be sure to receive quality service and premium food from Evan’s.

Call Evan today to let him handle the stress at your next event so you don’t have to. Once you come in we know you will keep coming back!

Evan’s Deli is located at 252 Humphrey St., Marblehead. Visit www.evansnewyorkstyledeli.com or call 781-631-DELI.

Kappy’s On Call

We invite you to take advantage of Kappy’s experience and pricing for your wedding, corporate event, or private functions. As a complete beverage planning service, Kappy’s On Call makes small and large events more enjoyable for everyone.

Whether your next party is at home, a business location or function facility, you’ll be glad you asked Kappy’s On Call to provide the beverages!

Contact us at 781-395-8888 ext. 3 or email at oncall@kappys.com, or stop by one of our locations on the North Shore (Danvers, Peabody, Malden) to speak with a team member.

Polcari's

Have your next party or special event at Polcari’s. Authentic Italian dishes from chicken parmesan to pasta, pizza, calzones, salads, the options are endless. An intimate bridal or baby shower, rehearsal dinner or anniversary, Polcari’s will transform to fit the tastes of even the most discerning event hosts.

Visit us at www.Polcaris.com or call us in Saugus or Woburn to book your next event.

Su Chang’s Fine Chinese Cuisine

Su ChangsSu Chang’s has been in business for over 28 years. Come to Su Chang’s for your wedding celebrations. We do showers, engagement parties, rehearsal dinners and even small weddings.

We offer authentic Chinese food. Specialties include ginger scallion lobster, clams with black bean sauce, and shrimp with stuffed eggplant. It is necessary to order our superb rack of lamb one day in advance. It is always good to include our delicious noodles and a green vegetable. Mother always said it was important to eat your green vegetables! We are so fortunate to be in business for so many years and we attribute that to you – our customers. We so appreciate you!

Su Chang’s is located at 373 Lowell St., Peabody. Visit www.suchangspeabody.com or call 978-531-3366.

Zucker’s Bakery

Zucker's BakeryPlanning your next simcha? Let Zucker’s Bakery make it extra sweet. Our ceremonial challahs are ready for your kiddush.

Looking for the perfect starter for your homemade French toast, a snack, gift or something sweet to lift your spirits, come pick up our challahs, cinnamon horns, half-moon pastries, whoopie pies, or blueberry muffins. New and fresh pastries are available daily including our delicious non-dairy cheesecakes and the best rugelach on the North Shore.

Zucker’s Foods, a family owned bakery established in Montreal in 1996 has been operating out of Peabody for the last 17 years. Our baked goods are Kosher and Pareve. For your convenience, you can find a selection of our goods at the Butcherie, Larry Levine’s and Zadye’s Market. We even stock Montreal bagels.

Zucker’s Bakery is located at 4 Lake St., Peabody. Call us at 978- 535-5335 or email us at info@zuckerfoods.com.

Giblees

Giblees has been providing the finest of menswear and personalized service in the New England area for more than 50 years. From casual to formal, Giblees offers one of the largest inventories and selections of men’s designer clothing in all of New England. The unique merchandise is chosen from around the world and is not commonly found in a typical men’s store. Giblees carries an extensive selection of designer brands including Canali, Giorgio Armani, Zanella, Peter Millar, etc.

The service is just as upscale as the clothing. All our sales associates have extensive fashion knowledge and have been trained to help customers choose items that best meet their style and budget requirements and, while there, you may run into a sports personality as many well known sports figures frequent the store such as Gronk and other Patriots players.

Giblees is located at 85 Andover St. (Route 114), Danvers. Visit www.giblees.com or call 978-774-4080.

Selma’s Dress Shopp

Selma’s Dress Shoppe was started by Selma in 1948, and in 1973, her daughter Lauralee was excited to continue her mother’s legacy. At Selma’s you will find the finest collection of extraordinary contemporary clothing for today’s woman: from black tie special occasions to daytime casual wear such as sweaters, tops and pants. If Lauralee cannot find what you want in the store, she will find it on her shopping trips to the New York and Chicago fashion markets. Clients receive personalized service and the staff helps you create a new look and update your old wardrobe.

Call Selma’s today at 781-289-3672 to schedule your appointment for our complimentary service so we can help you find the new you for daytime, for nighttime, or for anytime.

Lauralee will help you with your new look! You will love the clothes at Selma’s.

Selma’s is located at 590 Revere Beach Blvd., Revere. Call 781-289-3672.

Touch of Klass

Touch of KlassTouch of Klass is a high-end boutique that has been in business for 40 golden years. The majority of our dresses are NOT ONLINE. Our clothes are GLAMOUR, CLASSIC and by no means NOT YOUR AVERAGE DESIGN. Most of our garments come in many colors and are tailored to your measurements.
Coming to Touch of Klass is like visiting a boutique in New York.

Touch of Klass is located at 552 Washington St., Canton. Visit our website at www.touchofklass.net or call us at 781-828-7847.

Bruce Silverlieb, The Party Specialist

Bruce Silverlieb, The Party SpecialistFor more than 39 years, the team at Bruce Silverlieb, The Party Specialist, has been creating outstanding events for our hosts and hostesses. It has been exciting to help them transform concepts into reality. Excellence in menu planning, food preparation, stunning presentation and unbeatable professional service are our hallmarks. Our food is always delicious – old favorites and cutting-edge new selections – all designed to make an event exceptional.

Our reputation speaks for itself, but as a recent client wrote, “Many guests told me it was the best food they ever had at a wedding. Your attention to every detail was noted. You and your staff were all a pleasure to work with and you will receive our highest recommendation.” Our reputation speaks for itself, but, better yet, speak with any of our clients.

Visit www.thepartyspecialistllc.com or call 781-592-0988.

Donna Kagan’s Elegant Touch

Donna Kagan’s Elegant TouchFor 41 years, Donna has helped families and corporations create unique parties. Growing up in the kosher catering business gave her a bird’s-eye view of what people want. She decided to use her knowledge and business degree from Boston University to establish a company she could operate out of her home. At the time, her children were young and this made perfect sense. Donna can furnish caterers, photographers, bands, designer linens, florists, props, themes and lighting. She can orchestrate an entire event or just some pieces of it, depending on her customers wishes and budget.

“My primary concern is always the happiness of my client.”

Donna promises to make your event not only memorable, but hassle-free. Be they the mother of the bride or the CEO of a major corporation, Donna makes them feel like a guest at their own affair.

Creating an innovative theme for a client is a special skill Donna brings to her work. When people want something different, she will work to create an entire environment for them. “There is nothing I can’t do, don’t have or can’t get. I guarantee my clients will be amazed at how easy I can make their occasions memorable. I seek perfection and I love what I do,” Donna said.

Experience the best with Donna Kagan, an event planner who makes the greatest parties … from casual to the most elegant.

Call 781-631-6603 or email donna.eltouch@gmail.com.

Israel Book Shop

The Israel Book Shop has serviced the Greater Boston Jewish community for over 60 years. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff is available to help with your wedding needs. Whether choosing a ketubah, renting a chuppah, sizing up a new tallit, engraving your name on a sparkling kiddush cup or just setting up your new Jewish home, the IBS is the place to go.

Israel Book Shop is located at 410 Harvard St., Brookline.

Visit www.israelbookshop.com or call 617-566-7113 or 800-323-7723.

Peak Event Services

PEAK Event Services is New England’s trusted event and tent rental partner, offering the region’s most expansive rental inventory. From backyard parties to large-scale ballroom bashes, we have everything needed to create the ultimate event, including linen, dishware, tables, chairs, furniture, accent décor and more. With our selection of specialty rentals, like colored glassware, marquee lighting, customizable Versa Bars and Tables, as well as luxury lounge furniture, clients have the ability to transform their event space into a unique and unforgettable celebration.

Whether our clients want to host their event outdoors or expand their event space to accommodate additional guests, we have a vast selection of tent rentals available—from beautiful sailcloth tents, to sleek and versatile structure tents. As experts in our industry, we’re able to offer custom-tailored solutions to fit any size, location and scope project, giving our clients the ability to create an exclusive, one-of-a-kind event experience for their guests.

With showroom locations in Woburn, Boston and Stoughton, clients can schedule an in-person appointment to view rental offerings and even create a mock-up of their event. Our experienced event rental consultants can assist with product selection, creating design boards to bring an event vision to life, and draft rental quotes based on event specifics. Can’t make it into the showroom? Clients can pick their favorite rental pieces and receive a quote on our website.

To schedule an appointment, call 833-888-PEAK, or visit our website at www.peakeventservices.com.

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Epstein Hillel School

At Epstein Hillel School, students of all ages have been busy celebrating Israel throughout the month of Iyar! We kicked off the festivities with our monthly Rosh Chodesh Word Challenge, which tasks students with submitting a poem, acrostic, or visual representation using at least five of ten given words, in Hebrew and English, related to the month. The winning selections are highlighted at that week’s Kabbalat Shabbat and students receive a small prize for their efforts. This year, students dug deep and gave it their all, crafting thoughtful and profound verses and creating beautiful artwork to show their steadfast connection to Israel. On the heels of Rosh Chodesh, we delved into the modern Israeli holidays of Yom HaZikaron and Yom Ha’atzmaut. First, to recognize the bravery and sacrifice of Israel’s fallen soldiers, we gathered as a community on Yom HaZikaron in solemn remembrance. Our seventh and eighth grade students led a moving ceremony during which candles were lit, soldiers’ lives were commemorated, and we joined together in prayer and song. Then, to bask in Israel’s independence, EHS students spent the day enjoying Israeli foods by baking pita and squeezing fresh Jaffa orange juice, singing karaoke to Israeli songs, creating Israeli art, and moving their bodies to both traditional and current Israeli folk dances. There was a spirited energy in the air throughout the day as we celebrated and expressed our love for the modern state of Israel. Iyar is an extra special month, of course, but at EHS we work hard all year long to cultivate a love for Israel that lasts a lifetime!

For more information about Epstein Hillel School, contact Mindee Greenberg at 781-639-2880 x203 or mgreenberg@epsteinhillel.org

New listings coming soon!

New listings coming soon!

New listings coming soon!

Consulate General of Israel to New England

With Israeli tourism taking off post-COVID, we look forward to welcoming you to Israel as we gear up for our modern 75th birthday. Exploring our diverse country has never been easier, with two carriers now offering frequent direct flights from Boston to Tel Aviv. Whether discovering history at one of our many fascinating museums (Israel Museum in Jerusalem is a must-see), adventuring over our diverse terrain, relaxing at the beach, spiritually connecting at our religious sites, or enjoying our exciting cuisine, Israel has something to offer everyone! If seeking the off-beaten path, Israel has many rarely discovered places, such as the highly recommended breathtaking Bell Caves in Beit Guvrin-Maresha National Park; the 1,200-year-old underground Pool of the Arches in Ramla; one of the oldest continuously inhabited settlements on Earth in Acre/Akko; and the ancient Jewish ruins of Tspori. Finally, of course, traditional wonders like the ancient streets of Jerusalem, the vibrant city life of Tel Aviv, the picturesque beaches of Caesarea or Eilat, the history of Masada or the Qumran Caves, the beauty of Haifa or Tiberias, and countless others are always great to see and experience. So, whether you travel to Israel to visit family, take part in our 75th celebrations, seek adventure, or walk ancient history, we look forward to seeing you in Israel soon!

Website: https://israel.travel

MEIR PANIM

Meir Panim As Israel emerges from the ravages of the pandemic, Meir Panim’s four branches continue to provide food security, in the form of ready-made meals and staple items, for its “regulars.” They include single-parent families, the elderly, and the working poor, whose numbers have skyrocketed since the onset of Covid19. “While it feels like we’re getting back to normal health-wise, the financial crisis continues,” observes Mimi Rozmaryn, Director of Global Development at Meir Panim. “We’re still preparing double the pre-2020 amount of meals in all our branches.” This year, Meir Panim welcomed an unexpected, new demographic: refugees from Ukraine. They started to trickle in around Purim and have been arriving in Israel in steadily increasing numbers. While the various government agencies are scrambling to provide assistance, they clearly are unable to do it all alone and have been turning to organizations like Meir Panim. “We have the infrastructure, and we’re ready and happy to do whatever is needed,” said Mimi. Meir Panim doesn’t only work to feed the hungry; it strives to break the cycle of poverty from the source. In fulfillment of that undertaking, Meir Panim operates youth centers for at-risk youth in the southern border town of Sderot. In a community where 40 percent of young adults suffer from PTSD, programs like these have proved life-changing. In addition to leadership training and other programs, the centers have integrated a strong volunteering component, with strikingly positive results. Sderot teens are now in charge of packaging and distributing care packages for the isolated and elderly, as well as for soldiers at the local military outpost. “We can only hope that the situation continues to remain stable,” Mimi says. “We want our patrons, especially those who live alone and who suffered for two long years in isolation, to continue to feel safe and secure enough to come to our centers and gain from the social interaction — food for both the body and soul,” Mimi reflects.

To contribute to this incredible effort, visit https://www.mpdonate.org, call the toll-free number at 877-736-6283, or send a gift in the mail to American Friends of Meir Panim at 88 Walton Street, Suite B1, Brooklyn, NY 11206-4479. All donations made in the US are tax deductible under EIN# 20-1582478.

 

E.B. Horn

E.B. HornWhen Edwin B. Horn founded the E.B. Horn Company in 1839, it was a far different world. But after 183 years under our iconic blue and white awning at 429 Washington St., we’ve seen so much change and so much stay the same. Although horse and buggies turned to automobiles and planes now soar in the sky, when you step inside our jewelry store you’ll discover that our rich history of quality, service and value has remained untouched. We still offer one of the largest selections of diamonds, jewelry and watches in all of New England. Our name became synonymous with Boston engagement rings, as well as a large estate and vintage jewelry department.

No matter the piece or purpose, whether you want to buy jewelry or sell jewelry, we want to make your shopping experience the best it can be. That’s the attitude that we’ve had for 180 years and we’re happy to see it’s worked all this time. With a legacy built on tradition, service and value it’s no wonder customers make E.B. Horn their family jewelry store generation after generation.

E.B.Horn is located at 429 Washington St., Boston. Visit www.ebhorn.com or call 617-542-3902.

Joseph Gann

Located in Boston’s Downtown Crossing for 88 years, Joseph Gann Jewelers is a full service destination for all your fine jewelry needs. Engagement rings and wedding bands are their specialty. With the largest inventory of loose diamonds and gemstones, Gann’s will create the classic timeless ring you have been looking for. If unique is your thing, Gann custom creates that one of a kind piece. Their designers will create for you a CAD design and show you that the possibilities are endless. They use the finest materials: platinum, white gold, yellow gold, even rose gold, and the diamonds in their settings are of the highest quality.

Many of their designs are vintage-inspired, including diamond halos, hand set micro-pavé and French cut diamond settings, as well as hand engraved bands. In fact, they have one of the finest selections of vintage jewelry being in business so long. From the 1920’s and 30’s through the 1970’s, Joseph Gann appreciates the fine details and uniqueness in each piece.

In addition to jewelry, Gann’s has the largest selection of fine tableware in the area. Whether you are looking to start a bridal registry or give your kitchen that special update, you will find hundreds of patterns on display for the right look for your home.

Joseph Gann Jewelers is located at 387 Washington St., 4th Floor, Boston. Visit www.josephgann.com or call 617-426-4932.

Rabbi Ethan Adler

Rabbi Ethan AdlerI am currently the rabbi at Congregation Beth David in Narragansett, R.I., and guest rabbi at Sharah Zedek in Westerly, R.I. In addition to leading services, I perform Jewish life cycle events including baby naming, bar/bat mitzvot, funerals and weddings – both Jewish and interfaith.

I was born in Israel and moved to the United States when I was a young teenager. I graduated the University of Rhode Island with a bachelor’s degree and received a master’s degree from Rhode Island College. I earned a certificate in thanatology from Bristol Community College and a certificate in gerontology from Rhode Island College.

In the past I served as the teacher and education director in various Hebrew schools and synagogues in the Rhode Island and Massachusetts areas. I also served as summer chaplain at Camp Yawgoog for Scouts. In addition to my temple responsibilities, I teach a variety of social science courses at the University of Rhode Island and Bristol Community College in Massachusetts.

I would love to help you plan and officiate your life cycle events. I focus on creating ceremonies that are engaging, embracing and informative, celebrated with a personalized touch.

Contact me at eadler3@cox.net, or call 401-486-0110.

Photography

Photography is not just the click of the camera, it’s the art of capturing the perfect moment. It is an art that Zvi Jalfin has been perfecting for over 20 years. Drawing on his expert knowledge of photographic and lighting techniques, Zvi brings together the latest styles and technology to capture timeless keepsakes.

Zvi recognizes that listening to his clients and aligning with their expectations, ensures that their special moments will be captured naturally and effortlessly. He has established a great rapport with his clients and he ensures that every occasion is handled with a pleasant demeanor and a professional attitude.

Zvi photographs weddings and bar and bat mitzvahs; corporate events; executive portraits; headshots and family portraits. Zvi also offers digital graffiti services, green screen photography, red carpet and paparazzi photography stations as well as photo booth rentals.

Visit jalfinphoto.com, email zvi@jalfinphoto.com, or call 781-449-7249.

Jessica Schenkel, Realtor, Sagan Harborside Sotheby’s international Realty

Jessica Schenkel, Realtor, Sagan Harborside Sotheby's international RealtyWith over 20 years of experience in the industry, and a consistent ranking as a top producer, I can successfully assist you through every stage of buying or selling real estate. My educational background and years in the financial services industry, along with my many Real Estate designations, give me the knowledge necessary to oversee all the moving parts of a transaction. My hands on approach, compassion, kindness, and empathy, make me a must have member of your team.

In addition, my clients have access to my vast network of professional organizers, packers and movers, all key players in a smooth transaction. A client recently sent me the nicest compliment when I sold their family home. “You were so gracious and understanding as we navigated selling my parents’ long-time home. It was a pleasure working with you and I can’t imagine going through the process with anyone else.”

If you or someone you know is thinking of making a move, let’s connect. Whether it’s a local move or a relocation to another state, I can guide you through the entire process. Call me today for a complimentary consultation. Let me put my personal and professional experience to work for you. I’ll show you why “Everything I touch turns to SOLD!”

Jessica Schenkel, Realtor, Sagan Harborside Sotheby’s International Realty, located at 300 Salem Street, Swampscott. Call or text me at 339.206.3302.

Congregation Sons of Israel Peabody

The oldest synagogue in Peabody at 113 years old is proud of its history and heritage. We are a Hamish, egalitarian “shul” located about 18 miles north of Boston off of Peabody Square. We serve the needs of those who live in Peabody and the surrounding communities with spiritual and social fellowship. Whether it be a Passover Seder, Sukkah decorating, celebrating Purim or simply enjoying a kiddish after Shabbat services, we are all inclusive and welcome everyone to join us and be part of our community.

We are located on Park Street in Peabody, and can be reached at 978-532-1624 or http://www.peabodycsi.org

Temple Ahavat Achim Gloucester

The words that newcomers most often use to describe us are warm and welcoming. As the only Jewish institution on Cape Ann for well over 100 years, we have developed a culture of inclusion. We are affiliated with the Conservative movement, but our members include Jews of all stripes, as well as interfaith families. We offer traditional services, new variations, a broad menu of opportunities for learning, and a full slate of cultural and social activities. We share prayers, learning, arts and culture, holidays, good works, adventures, and the joys of a supportive, stable community. Because our area features natural beauty and a creative population, we are particularly open to tweaking our traditions, rituals, and get-togethers. We have the world’s only lobster trap menorah. We enjoy Shabbat dinners at members’ houses. We have featured klezmer cruises, ice cream socials, (very) amateur theatricals, family photo exhibits, etc. We have a strong sense of social responsibility and engagement, in our community and in the wider world. Our religious school draws families from far beyond our geographical area. Our children access their Jewish heritage through joy, respect, rigor, and creativity. While we hope that our children will have a Jewish future, we offer them a rewarding Jewish present. Past, present, and future intertwine as we find deep meaning in our linked Jewish lives.

Address: 86 Middle Street, Gloucester

Phone: (978) 281-0739

Website: www.taagloucester.org

Temple Emanu-El

At Temple Emanu-El, “We are a connected community, built on relationships; where Jewish life is being created – not just ‘consumed’; and where membership is elevated to an experience of true belonging.” – Rabbi David J. Meyer Please join us for any or all of Temple Emanu-El’s religious services, activities, and events. Shabbat evening services are every Friday at 6 p.m., in person and on our Facebook page. Through our active “Neighborhoods,” there is something for everyone, from infants to seniors. For a complete view of our upcoming programming, please visit our website at www.emanu-el.org. We are now accepting registrations for the 2022-2023 Religious School year. Temple Emanu-El’s renowned Samuel and Bernice Shapiro Religious School is dedicated to preparing students for Jewish life in an inclusive community of life-long learning. Our program combines study and prayer with a variety of hands-on Jewish experiences for students in Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade. Together we study Torah, explore Jewish culture and values, learn Hebrew and synagogue skills, celebrate holidays, and participate in community service projects. You may register online at www. emanu-el.org.

For more information regarding Temple Emanu-El or our Religious School, please call us at 781-631-9300 or email us at temple@emanu-el.org

Temple Sinai of Swampscott and Marblehead

Temple Sinai is a contemporary, Conservative synagogue with a vibrant and committed community of members who strive to create a warm, welcoming, egalitarian and inclusive atmosphere for worship, learning and socialization. Temple Sinai embraces learners and doers and welcomes both interfaith and LGBTQ+ members. When you visit Temple Sinai, someone will come and say hello and make you feel at home! Many of our congregants are empty-nesters, and our vibrant social action and adult education programming allows everyone the space to dedicate their efforts where they feel most fulfilled. During the past year, our Knitting Club donated 6 full boxes of goods to the Lynn Shelter. We host the North Shore Jewish Family Service Food Bank, and we partner yearly with Marblehead’s Lutheran Church and the Islamic Society for the “Manna Project,” a communal effort to reduce food insecurity on the North Shore. Temple Sinai runs monthly adult education activities. Recent speakers have included Dr. Everett Fox and author Ariel Berger. Rabbi Michael Schwartz is a vibrant and haimish individual who successfully interweaves current events with the week’s Torah portion. Rabbi Schwartz holds two participatory classes a week, Torah Study, and Jewish Ethics. The majority of our events are both in-person and on Zoom and we welcome all queries and visits to Temple Sinai.

Address: One Community Road, Marblehead, 01945

Phone: (781) 631-2763

Website: www.templesinaiweb.org

Walnut Street Synagogue of Chelsea

The Walnut Street Synagogue, also known as Congregation Agudas Sholom, is the oldest remaining synagogue in Chelsea and has been at its present location at the corner of Walnut and Fourth Streets since 1909. The origins of the congregation date back to 1887 when Jews began to arrive in Chelsea, escaping from the pogroms of Eastern Europe. When the shul opened, it was referred to as the “Queen of Synagogues” and was thought to be the largest in New England with a capacity of 1,109 in the second and third floor sanctuary. The carved wood Aron Kodesh (Torah Ark) was built by Boston-area cabinetmaker Sam Katz. The ceiling is embellished with a painting of the sky, complete with clouds, and a sunrise at the east end. At the west end is a painting of the tomb of Rachel. The wall frescoes include painted columns and symbols from Solomon’s Temple. The Walnut Street Synagogue was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1993. During the pandemic, the shul has become a partner congregation of the Orange County Jewish Community Scholar Program (CSP) that provides high quality virtual educational and cultural programming in an interactive format. Future plans include the establishment of a museum and cultural center within the synagogue to house artifacts of Chelsea’s Jewish legacy and to offer programs open to the entire community.

Address: 145 Walnut St, Chelsea, MA 02150

Phone: (617) 884-8668

Website: https://walnutstreetsynagogue.com/

Bler Travel

BLER TRAVELBler Travel is a full service travel agency that has been in the Brookline area for over 25 years. Our expertise makes us the “go to” agency for all your travel needs. The traveler gets full support before, during and after the trip. This service is unique as you usually do not get this level of service when you book a trip online.

Our team of professionals cater to your needs and take care of all the details of your trip. We continually exceed your expectations and stay within your budget for flights, vacations, cruises, honeymoons, bar or bat mitzvah trips, family tours of Israel, family reunions and more. We will never disappoint you. We continually receive high praises on our expertise and knowledge, and our clients come back year after year. Reach out to us for your next trip!

Bler Travel is located at 45 Bartlett Crescent Road, Brookline. Visit www.BlerTravel.com, email us at info@bler.com, or call us at 617-738-0500.

GoSherpa

Door-to-door travel between Boston and New York City has never been more convenient and more affordable. Traveling on GoSherpa’s means that you are picked-up at an address of your choosing in one city and dropped-off at another address – also of your choosing in the other city, all done at a fraction of the cost of a private car service. When compared to train or air travel, total transportation cost is about the same (or cheaper) as you save on taxis getting to and from the airport/station on both ends. You also save total travel time as you avoid having to get to the airport/station, to arrive early, to check-in, to go thru security screening, to get to & from your gate/platform, to wait to board/ disembark, and to get from the airport/station to your final destination. GoSherpa’s Mercedes vans are equipped with power outlets, WiFi, a table, and seatback trays. Other amenities include overhead storage bays, reading lamps, and reclining seats. A two-person fare for travel between Manhattan and Central Boston/Cambridge/Brookline is $99 per rider. Fares are cheaper for groups of three or more. GoSherpa also makes pick-ups and drop-offs in the boroughs & townships surrounding both cities. Affordable door-to-door transport is appreciated if you are traveling with much luggage or with children. Great way for getting to and from a NYC wharf or airport.

Phone: 1-833-743-7746

Website: http://www.gosherpa.net

Salem Trolley

Since 1982, Salem Trolley has set the standard for sightseeing tours and exceptional transportation north of Boston. Whether you’re planning a personal ceremony or corporate gathering, count on the Salem Trolley to transport your guests in style, comfort, and grace.

We can and have provided quality transportation for every event imaginable. For weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, birthday parties, parades, family reunions, proms and school events, let us help make your event memorable, safe, and stress-free.

We have special pricing for school groups, including proms and sporting events. We work with local schools for historical tours of Salem along with transportation to sporting events. Our fleet of trolleys can accommodate 30-38 passengers.

Salem Trolley has won the BONS (Best of North Shore) Award several times. We work with Destination Salem, Salem Chamber of Commerce, Marblehead Chamber of Commerce and the North of Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Salem Trolley is located at 8 Central St., Salem. Visit www.SalemTrolley.com or call 978-744-5469.

Tova Gilead Tours

Tova Gilead Tours

Tova Gilead, an Israeli who guided Americans through her country for more than a decade, organizes intimate, deluxe, family-oriented bar-bat mitzvah trips to Israel. Personal attention is the hallmark of a Tova Gilead tour. Tova plans every facet of this unique experience, including a ceremony on Masada or in Jerusalem, a private service at Yad Vashem, and a beautiful celebration dinner at the King David Hotel. “Three generations are my specialty”, says Tova. “We try to make the rite of passage an event that involves the child, the parents and the grandparents. “A comprehensive tour of Israel includes exploration of Jerusalem’s Old City, a swim in the Dead Sea, a hike to the Ein Gedi waterfall, a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, participation in an archeological dig, kayaking on the Jordan River, visits to Roman and Crusader ruins, a jeep ride through the Golan Heights, and much, much more.”

For more information, please call 1800.242.8682 or visit Tova’s website at https://www.tovagilead.com

The Bayside of Nahant

BaysideSince 1992, the Bayside has had the pleasure of hosting countless numbers of weddings and family gatherings. We pride ourselves on our customer service to make sure each individual customer is extremely satisfied with their special event. With our cathedral ceilings, alabaster chandeliers, soft room colors and 26 large windows facing the beautiful Atlantic Ocean, our location can’t be beat! Oh, and did I mention the Boston skyline is our backdrop? Whether you host a day or evening event, the ocean and skyline views are sure to impress all that attend.

We offer all-inclusive wedding packages, as well as an array of menus to satisfy any family gathering. We accommodate groups from 75 up to 200 guests. We welcome you to browse our website or come take a tour of our facility and see what we can do for you.

With many thanks to our customers who have come repeatedly to celebrate life’s big moments, we are grateful and look forward to seeing you back real soon!

The Bayside of Nahant is located at One Range Road, Nahant. Visit www.baysidefunctions.com or call 781-592-3080.

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Retirement Living

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Chelsea Jewish Lifecare

How to Decide Upon a Memory Care Residence for Your Loved One?

Legacy at Harriett and Ralph Kaplan Estates and Florence & Chafetz Specialized Care offer specialized care for individuals living with Alzheimer’s and dementia-related illnesses. These assisted living residences, operated by nonprofit Chelsea Jewish Lifecare, focus upon safety, socialization, and independence. We recognize that moving a loved one into a memory support residence can be a challenging and emotional decision. As such, all our memory support residents receive specialized care in a supportive and compassionate environment, placing dignity above all else. Residents are treated like family.

Peabody CampusLegacy at Harriett and Ralph Kaplan Estates

Our highly trained memory support staff provides a safe and stimulating environment. Staff work with each resident to meet their needs and minimize their limitations. Socialization, so vital to individuals who need memory care support, include activities such as gardening, music & memory, arts and crafts, outings, exercise classes and much more. Our residences were designed by memory care specialists to reduce confusion and wandering.

Chelsea Campus Florence & Chafetz Specialized Care

Overlooking scenic Admiral’s Hill, Florence & Chafetz promotes friendships among residents and staff. We are proud of our skilled caregivers, who have extremely long tenure with the organization. The lack of staff turnover is very reassuring to residents and families. Personalized support services, a small footprint to give residents the freedom to feel successful, and a wide range of activities keep our residents engaged, safe and happy.

Legacy at Harriett and Ralph Kaplan Estates and Florence & Chafetz Specialized Care are leading providers of memory care on the North Shore. Visit our website at www.chelseajewish.org.

For memory care as well as traditional assisted living, contact Jennifer Fazekas at 617-887-0826, jfazekas@chelseajewish.org  for Chelsea; Andrea Hillel at 978-532-4411 ahillel@chelseajewish.org for Peabody.

Cornerstone at Canton

Where Should You Live When Living with Memory Loss?

Many families think that home and familiar surroundings will be the best place for their loved one facing memory loss, such as with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia. Yet, in our experience, people with memory loss, including mild cognitive impairment, do much better with constant companionship, stimulating programs, and structured activities throughout the day and evening.

Our secure Compass Memory Support Neighborhood® is a safe and nurturing environment where not only residents’ physical needs are met, but the symptoms of their memory loss or are actually being treated. Our research-driven method for treating memory loss includes dignified care, individualized services, a full calendar of structured, socially engaging activities, and a brain-boosting dining program inspired by the Mediterranean diet. We believe that the best Alzheimer’s treatment programs are not medication-based, but rather social based incorporating programs that aim to reduce the symptoms of memory loss and focus on the person’s remaining abilities.

At Cornerstone at Canton, we’ve worked with many families who have faced the tough reality that it may be time for their loved one to move to a more supportive living environment. It can initially be met with feelings of anxiety and guilt, but when families see positive changes and a happier sense of well-being in their loved one, they know they made the right move.

Cornerstone at Canton offers Assisted Living and a secure Compass Memory Support Neighborhood®. Learn more at www.CornerstoneCanton.com or by calling 781-821-3616.

The Gables at Winchester

For over 30 years, The Gables at Winchester has offered independent and assisted living in a beautiful setting, close to amenities and surrounded by conservation land. With 123 apartments, The Gables offers a variety of apartment styles and floorplans to choose from, ranging from studio, one bedroom, and two-bedroom layouts. Residents at The Gables enjoy three delicious meals in our restaurant style dining room each day, weekly housekeeping, and have a full program of social, educational, and spiritual programs to take part in at their leisure.

Making a move to The Gables at Winchester allows our residents to remain as independent as they wish, with The Gables staff to take over the daily tasks like housekeeping, cooking, maintenance, landscaping and snow removal; leaving much more time to enjoy the fun things! If and when the time comes that a resident would like assistance with care needs, such as bathing, dressing, medication management and more, The Gables care staff are available 24 hours a day to meet every resident’s needs. Surround yourself with friendly faces and start a new chapter of your life among friends.

Call today to learn if The Gables at Winchester could be the right next step for you: 781-756-1026.

Goddard House

Embracing the Aging Experience for Seniors in the Boston Area by our mission and Core Values.

At Goddard House, we believe that quality of life is paramount and so our Traditional Assisted Living program and Olmsted Memory Support program provides every amenity residents need to feel safe, comfortable and engaged in meaningful ways. Our community provides each resident a charming apartment in a beautifully designed community.

Interested in exploring Goddard House for yourself or a loved one? Goddard House Assisted Living offers a variety of expressive arts programs every week to all residents. As led by experienced, credentialed therapists, the expressive arts are a means for older adults to connect to their creative spirit in ways that foster human growth, healing and joy. We are offering safe in-person and virtual tour options for families looking for a more supportive living arrangement.

Our Assistant Executive Director, Lance Chapman, can answer any questions you have and walk you through the application process. Call us at 617-731-8500, or email Lance Chapman at chapman@goddardhouse.org.

Windsor Place of Wilmington

Family-owned and operated to the highest standard of excellence, Windsor Place of Wilmington Assisted Living, Independent Living, and Memory Care is committed to providing our residents with the kind of comfortable, yet vibrant living and phenomenal care they so rightfully deserve.

Windsor Place offers two levels of outstanding Assisted Living for individuals or couples who are relatively independent, but also need one or two hours of personal care services per day.

Our Independent Living Plans provide a high-quality lifestyle, including great food and fun activities, without the burdens of maintaining a house, shoveling snow or mowing the lawn.

Our Carlysle Plan offers exceptional Memory Care in an upbeat, safe, and comforting setting where individuals with Alzheimer’s, dementia, or other memory issues can enjoy life with fewer worries.

Of course, the attentive staff at Windsor Place of Wilmington also works hard to accommodate couples who need two different levels of care, offering personalized options to create exactly the package they need. But whatever Plan a person may need – today or down the road – Windsor Place offers a comfortable, inclusive atmosphere where people of every
origin, faith, race, and gender can enjoy every day, meet new people, make new friends and let the cares of the world outside pass by.

Located just off I-93 at Exit 31, Windsor Place of Wilmington is minutes from both Boston and New Hampshire, near the I-95 intersection.

To learn more, go to WindsorPlaceofWilmington.com or call 978-988-2300 to arrange for a tour.

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Foundational Health Home Care puts its clients first by providing well-qualified and certified caregivers who have passion and compassion in taking care of our seniors and disabled adult children.

Our home care services include companionship, personal care, dementia care, meal preparation, medication reminders, Live-in care, transportation assistance and more!

Fostering strong relationships with our clients and their families is at the core of everything we do. Our friendly and professional care team works hard to ensure the right home caregiver for each client. Why us? “We care. It’s as simple as that.” Our coordinators are always available to take your calls and our caregivers are extensively trained to recognized standards, they are honest and reliable. Our caregivers always operate within the bounds of our independently audited policies and procedures and in accordance with our Foundational Health Home Care values. Everything we do at Foundational is guided by our core values. All our caregivers are required to observe these values in all our interactions with clients

  • Caring: We approach each client in a compassionate and understanding way.
  • Reliable: We build relationships with a foundation of trust
  • Responsive: We are proactive, flexible, and available whenever you need us
  • Ethical: We are principled, honest, and operate with the highest levels of integrity at all times
  • Individual: We acknowledge and respect each client’s unique needs and circumstances.

It’s never been easier to arrange a personalized professional Homecare plan so pick up the phone and call us now at 978 707 4500.

Better hearing will make retirement more enjoyable!

Hearing loss is a common problem as we age, and it can affect all aspects of our lives. For example, difficulty hearing may reduce your enjoyment of theater, movies and dining out. Sometimes people complain that it seems like everyone is mumbling and that it is much hard to hear in noise and groups. Often hearing loss happens gradually, and others may notice it before you do. When one person in a family has a hearing loss the whole family has a hearing loss, because it affects everyday communication and connections.

Hearing loss is a medical problem that requires help from a health care professional. All adults over the age of 50 should have a baseline evaluation by a Doctor of Audiology. Early identification and treatment will improve your quality of life and help you keep your brain healthy. If hearing aids are suggested, try them to see firsthand the amazing improvement. Using well fit hearing aids has been proven to reduce social isolation, depression and stress, all factors that caused the Lancet Commission on dementia to conclude that treating hearing loss is the single most effective thing we can do to reduce the risk of cognitive decline. In this way, hearing aids are like vitamins for our brains!

Address: Atlantic Hearing Care, Inc., 990 Paradise Rd. #3A, Swampscott, MA. 01907

Phone: (781) 581-1500

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2Life Communities

Inclusive. Innovative. Game-changing. Life-changing.

At 2Life, we’re firm believers in the value of community living for senior adults from ages 62 and better. We’ve seen the life-changing effects when older adults come together in a supportive community that empowers independence, values their wisdom and experience, provides opportunities for connection and personal growth, and infuses each day with joy.  And we’re on a game-changing mission to make this type of living affordable for every older adult in the Boston area.

We’re thought leaders, policy influencers, partners and innovators actively fighting every day for a better standard of living for senior adults. We’re also boots on the ground —building safe, inclusive communities that are not only affordable, but also enriching, uplifting environments where residents have the freedom and support they need to thrive.

This is our mission and our calling. We’ve made great strides, and we’re poised to do even more. To learn more visit 2LifeCommunities.org.

The Baldwin

Changing New Hampshire senior living for the better.

The Baldwin is creating a stir. By all accounts, this all-new Life Plan Community (CCRC) will be the most innovative, forward-thinking senior living community New Hampshire has seen. It represents a giant leap forward in how a community empowers successful aging, how senior adults will access and receive health care, and how residents will embrace all the retirement brings.

The Baldwin lifestyle won’t be prescriptive or bound by artificial limits. Rather, this one-of-a-kind, maintenance-free community is being designed to embody the independent, road-less-traveled spirit of New Hampshire. From independent living to a continuum of flexible, on-site healthcare services, state-of-the-art amenities, and thoughtful services, The Baldwin’s fresh approach is bringing freedom, choice, and flexibility together in an intergenerational environment to create what New Hampshire seniors want and deserve.

It’s what senior living can and should be.

With the popularity of The Baldwin’s concept, new apartment homes are selling quickly. If you have your heart set on a specific floor plan or want to take advantage of the limited-time opportunity to customize the finishes and fixtures in your new apartment home, the time to act is now.

To see which apartments are still available, visit the website at TheBaldwinNH.org/Interactive-Site-Plan or call 603.404.6080.

Edgewood LifeCare Community

Vibrant living and peace of mind in the Merrimack Valley’s only LifeCare community

When you first step onto our campus in North Andover, Massachusetts, you’ll feel the Edgewood difference. Residents here are called members because this community is so much more than a place to live. It’s a place to become a part of something truly special. It’s a community that encourages learning, growth, exploration, and the opportunity to enjoy life unencumbered by the worries and chores of home ownership.

At Edgewood LifeCare Community, you’ll find a lifestyle that empowers you to be as active, engaged, and adventurous as you care to be with a full calendar of programs, trips, and social opportunities both on and off campus.

Enjoy fitness classes, personal training, and an indoor heated pool. Savor chef-prepared, farm-to-table dining that rivals the finest restaurants. Engage in our resident-led lifelong learning program that will keep your brain on its toes. Take art classes and explore a variety of interest groups. Join fellow residents for trips to the Boston Symphony and other cultural excursions without the hassles of driving or parking. And, with no chores to worry about, you’ll have time to explore new passions and take up new interests. At the same time, you’ll enjoy the peace of mind and security that comes with knowing important decisions about future health care are already covered. It’s the best of all worlds — and in the Merrimack Valley, it’s only found at Edgewood.

Discover a vibrant lifestyle at Edgewood LifeCare Community today. Go to the website at EdgewoodRC.com or call 978-725-3300.

Hebrew SeniorLife

Hebrew SeniorLife’s senior living communities are designed to support older adults as they pursue their unique interests, achieve new goals, and focus on what matters most to them–all alongside the services and amenities that make daily life more carefree. With options for every lifestyle and budget, we invite you to talk to an advisor at 617-982-1349 to learn which is right for you.

Orchard Cove is a warm, all-inclusive retirement community in Canton, MA offering independent living, enhanced living, and skilled nursing apartments on a beautiful, 38-acre pond-side campus. Orchard Cove’s resident-driven culture empowers seniors to identify and realize their own unique goals.

NewBridge on the Charles offers luxurious senior living on a lush multigenerational campus in Dedham, MA, including independent living, assisted living, memory care, and long-term chronic care. With over 160 acres of natural surroundings, exceptional amenities, and first-class cultural programming, each day offers new experiences.

Center Communities of Brookline offers location and value with mixed-income apartment living, including services that promote wellness and independence in Brookline’s bustling Coolidge Corner and Washington Square neighborhoods.

Simon C. Fireman Community in Randolph, MA, offers apartments for low-income seniors accompanied by excellent amenities and robust daily programming. This stimulating environment promotes wellness, socialization, and personal fulfillment.

Jack Satter House in Revere, MA, offers independent living apartments for low-income seniors with beautiful ocean views of historic Revere Beach, convenient access to Boston, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and engaging social, cultural, and educational activities.

To learn more, call us at 617-982-1349.

Seaglass Village

Seaglass Village is a non-profit group of Neighbors Helping Neighbors to age in place. It connects volunteers with members to perform tasks that get difficult as people age. Examples of such tasks include changing a battery in a smoke detector, removing an air conditioner, doing light gardening, and transportation services. It also provides social activities for people to make and keep friends such as outings, discussion groups, educational events, friendly visits, and monthly check-ins.

Seaglass Village provides members and volunteers with opportunities to touch lives in small and meaningful ways and stay connected to their community.

Seaglass Village serves the Marblehead, Swampscott, and Nahant areas. It is part of the Village Movement. The very first Village, the Beacon Hill Village, began in Boston more than twenty years ago. Today there are more than 350 Villages throughout the U.S. Seaglass Village is a member of the National Village to Village Network, Inc., which local Villages join to receive technical support in the management of a Village. Seaglass Village uses the Village-to-Village software to help coordinate the match-up of member requests for services and volunteers to meet those requests. Members who are unable to use a computer can call the office with their requirements. Volunteers are screened before becoming part of the Seaglass Village network. Seaglass Village started providing services to members in late 2021. Annual fee memberships are now available. And volunteers are always welcomed and needed.

Become a part of our community.

For more information see the website at www.seaglassvillage.org, or call the office at 781-718-0401.

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Charitable Giving

American Jewish Committee (AJC) is the leading global Jewish advocacy organization. From city halls to Capitol Hill, at the UN and in world capitals, AJC works to impact policy and opinion on some of the most important issues facing the Jewish people: fighting antisemitism and all forms of hate, strengthening Israel’s place in the world, and defending democratic values. One of 24 U.S. regional offices, AJC New England is an integral component of AJC’s global architecture. We advocate with diplomats, federal, state and local elected officials, and community leaders to deliver tangible results in our New England community.

Email us at newengland@ajc.org, and follow us at Facebook.com/AJCNewEngland, Facebook.com/AJCGlobal, and Twitter.com/AJCGlobal.

JNF-USA

JNF-USA is the leading philanthropic organization for Israel that supports critical environmental and nation-building activities in Israel’s north and south. Through its One Billion Dollar Roadmap for the Next Decade, JNF-USA is developing new communities in the Galilee and Negev, connecting the next generation to Israel, and creating infrastructure and programs that support ecology, individuals with special needs, and heritage site preservation. Jewish National Fund-USA’s strategic vision has been, and always will be, to ensure a strong, secure, and prosperous future for the land and people of Israel. We plant trees, build houses and parks, source water solutions, buy fire trucks, and improve the lives of people with special needs. We boost tourism, support Aliyah, promote Zionist education and engagement, build medical centers and trauma centers, fund agricultural and culinary research, and run an American semester abroad high school in Israel. We do all these things because our projects and programs are consistent with our strategic vision. More than anything else, we facilitate our partners’ (donors) connection to the land and people of Israel by empowering them to be active participants in shaping the future of Israel. Through organizational leadership, membership on task forces, premier professional networking societies, and our unparalleled travel and tour opportunities, we make philanthropy personal.

Contact Sara Hefez, Executive Director, New England at SHefez@ jnf.org or 617-423-0999 x811 to learn more.

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