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Summer Camp Round-up

Summer Camp Round-up

Summer campers in Massachusetts are enjoying lots of fun in the sun! Here are scenes from Jewish camps around the area.

Standing with Israel

Standing with Israel

By Stacey Dresner In late July, as Hamas missiles continued to fly into Israel and Operation Protective Edge succeeded in taking out terrorist tunnels into Israel, Jewish communities around Massachusetts… Read more »

Rabbi Aviva Fellman Joins Beth Israel in Worcester

Rabbi Aviva Fellman Joins Beth Israel in Worcester

By Laura Porter WORCESTER – On July 25, Congregation Beth Israel welcomed Rabbi Aviva Fellman as she celebrated her first Shabbat in Worcester. Rabbi Fellman, who most recently served as… Read more »

Much more than a Mission

Much more than a Mission

Federation leaders show solidarity with Israel By Stacey Dresner ISRAEL – When representatives of both the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts and the Jewish Federation of Central Massachusetts made plans… Read more »

Gabermans Honored  by National Conference  for Community & Justice

Gabermans Honored by National Conference for Community & Justice

By Stacey Dresner LONGMEADOW – As one of the few Jewish children at her Longmeadow elementary school, Betsy Gaberman recalls experiencing quite a bit of anti-Semitism growing up. “I think… Read more »

The Revitalization of Congregation Shaarai Torah

The Revitalization of Congregation Shaarai Torah

By Laura Porter Congregation Shaarai Torah in Worcester has played a significant role in the city’s Jewish community for decades. Its history reflects the shifting dynamics of a century of… Read more »

IDF Finds Bodies of Kidnapped Teens near Hebron

IDF Finds Bodies of Kidnapped Teens near Hebron

(JNS.org) The Israel Defense Forces said it found the bodies of the three kidnapped Jewish teens near Hebron. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called an emergency cabinet meeting in the… Read more »

A Labor of Love Rabbi Saul Perlmutter will retire after 40 Years at UMass Hillel

A Labor of Love Rabbi Saul Perlmutter will retire after 40 Years at UMass Hillel

By Stacey Dresner AMHERST – An avid cyclist, Rabbi Saul Perlmutter can often be seen riding his bike to work at the University of Massachusetts Hillel House. But after Aug…. Read more »

Presenting the Phenomenal Al Tapper, Peabody Award Winner (and so much more)

Presenting the Phenomenal Al Tapper, Peabody Award Winner (and so much more)

By Judy Polan Mega-talented Worcester native Al Tapper, 72, is a dynamic renaissance man whose various careers as a Broadway composer, lyricist, playwright, humorist, baseball maven, leveraged buyout specialist and… Read more »

Eric Lesser makes a run for State Senate

Eric Lesser makes a run for State Senate

By Abigail Adams LONGMEADOW – “I never really left,” Eric Lesser said while sipping iced coffee and waving to familiar faces at the Starbucks in the Longmeadow shops. Lesser, the… Read more »