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  • Boston mourns Jewish girl and best friend killed by motorist

    BOSTON (JTA) — A synagogue, a Jewish summer camp and the wider Boston community are mourning two teenage best friends who died over the weekend after being struck by a car. Talia Newfield, 16, who is Jewish, and Adrienne Garrido, 17, were hit late Saturday afternoon while they were crossing a street near Needham High…

  • Day school head named top exec at Boston’s $64 million federation

    BOSTON (JTA) — Boston’s Jewish federation named a new top executive to succeed Barry Shrage, who will retire in June after leading the institution for some 30 years. Rabbi Marc Baker will take over at the Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston, which has a $64 million budget, an endowment of more than $1 billion…

  • A son of refuseniks chronicles the slow dissolve of Russia’s Jews

    BROOKLINE, Mass. (JTA) — When Maxim Shrayer traveled to Moscow for a five-day visit at the end of October 2016, his itinerary included a trip to the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center. Shrayer, who emigrated from Russia to the U.S. with his refusenik activist parents 30 years ago, is an acclaimed scholar of Jewish-Russian literature…

  • Massachusetts, Rhode Island change primary dates to avoid conflict with High Holidays

    BOSTON (JTA) — Massachusetts and Rhode Island have changed their primary dates this year to avoid a conflict with the Jewish High Holidays. In Massachusetts, the secretary of state, William Galvin, announced Tuesday that the voting would be moved up to Sept. 4, the day after Labor Day and two weeks earlier than the original…

  • These three Jewish children’s books are judged the year’s best

    BOSTON (JTA) — Books on Hebrew becoming the language of Israel, three generations of refugees and an Auschwitz librarian are the top winners of the 2018 Sydney Taylor Book Awards for children’s literature presented by the Association of Jewish Libraries. “The Language of Angels: A Story About the Reinvention of Hebrew,” by Richard Michelson and…

  • Jewish institutions batten down as monster storm hits East Coast

    BOSTON (JTA) — With blizzard-like conditions and storm surges battering the Massachusetts coast, a major senior living community with ties to the Jewish community is humming along at full speed. “Our staff members – from direct care to culinary teams – are sleeping over as necessary and taking additional shifts in a way I see…

  • The Reform movement is alive with the sound of music

    BOSTON (JTA) — Emily Katz and Liora Hyman arrived early enough to snag front row seats for a concert with some of their favorite performers. But this show wasn’t at one of Boston’s storied nightclubs. Rather, it was the first-ever music lab at last week’s biennial convention of the Union for Reform Judaism, where 6,000…

  • Debates with Israel weigh on Reform movement’s largest-ever gathering

    BOSTON (JTA) – President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel became an unexpected agenda item as 6,000 members of the Reform movement from across North America gathered here for their four-day convention. Addressing the Union for Reform Judaism’s 2017 biennial on Friday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., said the announcement two…

  • Here are 8 new children’s books for Hanukkah

    BOSTON (JTA) — Move over, potato latkes. Make room for dosas. The savory fried Indian lentil and rice pancakes take center stage in “Queen of the Dosas,” a gem of a new Hanukkah book by the award-winning children’s writer Pamela Ehrenberg. It’s among eight new Hanukkah books for kids — one for each night of…

  • Jonathan Sarna, scholar of American Jewish history, to receive rare honor from Brandeis

    WALTHAM, Mass. (JTA) – Brandeis will recognize Jonathan Sarna, an eminent scholar of American Jewish history, as university professor — the highest honor for a faculty member and an award given to only a handful of others. To mark the occasion Sarna, the Joseph H. and Belle R. Braun professor of American Jewish history and…