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  • 6 new Hanukkah kids’ books to help enlighten the holiday

    (JTA) — From a new audio version of “Hanukkah Bear” — a holiday favorite by National Jewish Book Award winner Eric A. Kimmel — to a novel for young teens set during the Festival of Lights, there is a fresh crop of Hanukkah books that are sure to delight young readers of all stripes. The…

  • Harvard Hillel sought a kosher deal for striking food workers

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (JTA) – When Harvard University students Gabe Hodgkin and Grace Evans started the new school year, they had no way of knowing they’d be spending a good deal of their time on picket lines and at union rallies. But a strike by the university’s 750 dining hall workers struck a deep chord with…

  • Michael Bloomberg donates $50 million to Boston Museum of Science

    BOSTON (JTA) —  Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg donated $50 million to Boston’s Museum of Science, crediting his hometown institution with sparking his intellectual curiosity. The contribution, announced Tuesday, is the single largest in the museum’s history and will fund an endowment to support the institution’s education division that is now named the William…

  • Staples hires Boston Jewish community leader as CEO

    BOSTON (JTA) — Staples appointed longtime Boston Jewish community leader Shira Goodman as the office supply chain’s president and CEO following a worldwide search. Goodman, 55, had been serving in the top executive position on an interim basis since June following the departure of former CEO Ron Sargent. She will helm a company with nearly…

  • Study shows how Jewish vote could play crucial role in key states

    BOSTON (JTA) — A new study, touted as the first-ever state-by-state, county-by-county Jewish population estimate, shows how the Jewish vote could play a crucial role in key battleground states. The study, released Thursday and conducted by the Steinhardt Social Research Institute at Brandeis University in suburban Boston, found that in Bucks County, Pennsylvania — one of the areas closely watched this election cycle — Jewish…

  • 6 new kids’ books for the Jewish New Year

    (JTA) — Get ready: 5777 is arriving soon. And a new Jewish year means a fresh crop of top-notch Jewish books for kids. This year, not one but two new Rosh Hashanah books are penned by Eric A. Kimmel, the master storyteller whose popular award-winning children’s classics include “Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins” and “Simon…

  • Boston’s main kosher butcher, closed by fire, reopens after two months

    BOSTON (JTA) — The main kosher supermarket in the Boston area reopened nearly two months after a two-alarm fire forced its closing. The Butcherie in Brookline, Massachusetts, reopened Wednesday. The closing of the market caused hardship and inconvenience for its customers, who relied on the family-owned business for specialty kosher dairy products, meats and items from Israel not available elsewhere. The market’s owners,…

  • Boston’s main kosher butcher, closed by fire, reopens in temporary digs

    BOSTON (JTA) — Six weeks after a fire shuttered Boston’s main kosher supermarket, The Butcherie is now operating on a limited basis from a nearby Brookline location. Selectmen in Brookline, a suburb of Boston, voted last week to give The Butcherie’s owners emergency permission to operate temporarily from the former Rubin’s Deli through the end…

  • Brandeis U’s new president: ‘Discomfort is an important element of education’

    BOSTON (JTA)  — After 32 years at Middlebury College, the last 11 as its president, Ron Liebowitz is calling Brandeis University his new academic home. On July 1, the 59-year-old New York native took the reins as the ninth president of Brandeis, a Jewish-sponsored, nonsectarian research university in suburban Boston with an enrollment of 3,600 undergraduates…

  • Boston-area kosher butcher shuttered after fire causes some $500,000 in damages

    BOSTON (JTA) – A fire has shuttered a major kosher supermarket in a heavily Jewish Boston-area town and caused an estimated half-million dollars in damages. The cause of Tuesday afternoon’s fire at The Butcherie in suburban Brookline, Massachusetts, was the careless disposal of a cigarette behind the shop, in a storage area that was used mostly…