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The Jewish Advocate, founded in 1902, is the oldest continually-circulated English-language Jewish newspaper in the United States. Based in downtown Boston, in the former Boston Post daily newspaper building (which, in its cellars four stories underground, still contains the century-old pulleys-and-lifts system equipment for the publishing presses of those days) overlooking what was known in the l

The Jewish Advocate, founded in 1902, is the oldest continually-circulated English-language Jewish newspaper in the United States. Based in downtown Boston, in the former Boston Post daily newspaper building (which, in its cellars four stories underground, still contains the century-old pulleys-and-lifts system equipment for the publishing presses of those days) overlooking what was known in the l

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A heat wave is coming for Massachusetts this week, but no need to fear - Kosher Kitchen food columnist Joni Schockett ha...
07/17/2019
Cool meals for hot days

A heat wave is coming for Massachusetts this week, but no need to fear - Kosher Kitchen food columnist Joni Schockett has some ideas for eating well and staying cool bit.ly/TJA-cool-meals

In the summer, we want to eat less and drink more. That is a good thing. It is our bodies telling us that we need less fuel to keep us warm and more liquid to keep us hydrated. Listen to your body and, especially, help children to do the same. Dehydration is not fun. In the worst of the heat, eat li...

Renegades repeat! Jewish players help raise women’s semi-pro football league trophy bit.ly/TJA-renegades
07/17/2019
Renegades repeat!

Renegades repeat! Jewish players help raise women’s semi-pro football league trophy bit.ly/TJA-renegades

GOLDEN, Colo. – Multiple titles, a veteran quarterback with no need to slow down and two prominent Jewish players, this New England team is one of the best in the nation … but it’s not the Patriots.

What does the future look like for yahrzeit plaques? Congregation Beth Shalom of the Blue Hills has some insight. bit.ly...
07/03/2019
Yahrzeit in the 21st century

What does the future look like for yahrzeit plaques? Congregation Beth Shalom of the Blue Hills has some insight. bit.ly/TJA-Yahrzeit

MILTON – Much like the growing number of synagogues either closing or merging, Congregation Beth Shalom of the Blue Hills – a union of Milton’s Temple Shalom, Temple Adas Shalom of Quincy and Temple Beth El of Quincy – had many yahrzeit plaques and a limited space to hang them when they dedi...

Finagle a bagel entrepreneur and Brookline parent Laura Trust is moving forward with her plans for a nonprofit early edu...
06/26/2019
Harvard St. ed building to proceed without BEEP

Finagle a bagel entrepreneur and Brookline parent Laura Trust is moving forward with her plans for a nonprofit early education facility at 127 Harvard St. Read more: bit.ly/Harvard-St

BROOKLINE – In 2017, Finagle a Bagel entrepreneur and Brookline parent Laura Trust, in coordination with her Cause du Jour Foundation, made headlines with a proposed $10 million Brookline Early Education Program facility at 127 Harvard St. here.

Have you a question for the Rebbetzin? Email her at rebbetzin@rebbe.org.In the meantime, check out this week's column ht...
06/26/2019
ASK THE REBBETZIN

Have you a question for the Rebbetzin? Email her at [email protected].
In the meantime, check out this week's column https://www.thejewishadvocate.com/articles/ask-the-rebbetzin-417/

Have you a question for the Rebbetzin? Email her at [email protected] space Dear Rebbetzin, My father passed away a few years back and I still have his tefillin. I have my own though, too, and so I’m not sure what to do with his. Any ideas on how to properly dispose of or donate them? SPR...

Acting Our Age columnist Susan Goodman interviewed Zecil Gravitz, 97, about entering the Navy, meeting her husband just ...
06/26/2019
Zecil at 97: A life of service

Acting Our Age columnist Susan Goodman interviewed Zecil Gravitz, 97, about entering the Navy, meeting her husband just before D-Day, and staying engaged in life.
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Zecil Gravitz thinks often about future generations. She does so with good reason. She recently welcomed her fifth great-grandchild.

Aviva Kempner's biopic "The Spy Behind Home Plate" reveals the escapades of former MLB catcher Moe Berg working undercov...
06/19/2019

Aviva Kempner's biopic "The Spy Behind Home Plate" reveals the escapades of former MLB catcher Moe Berg working undercover as a spy for the U.S. government before and during WWII. Check out our interview with Kempner http://bit.ly/TJA-Spy

The Advocate spoke to new MetroWest Jewish Day School head of school Ed Frim about returning to Massachusetts, his backg...
06/19/2019
Newton native to head MetroWest Jewish Day School

The Advocate spoke to new MetroWest Jewish Day School head of school Ed Frim about returning to Massachusetts, his background in Jewish education and how Jewish day schools can stay relevant in this day and age http://bit.ly/TJA-MWJDS

FRAMINGHAM – Edward Frim, formerly of Newton, returns to New England to head MetroWest Jewish Day School here, beginning July 1.

Kosher Kitchen columnist Joni Schockett has thrilling chicken burger ideas for grilling season. Check them out: http://b...
06/19/2019
Thrilling chicken burger grilling

Kosher Kitchen columnist Joni Schockett has thrilling chicken burger ideas for grilling season. Check them out: http://bit.ly/TJA-Grilling

There is a lot to consider when grilling. Safety first is always most important. According to Mass.gov, grills must be at least 10 feet from the side of any building; they should never be placed under hanging branches; and the operator should always have a water bottle or a fire extinguisher nearby....

Twenty-one female residents & one male resident at 2Life Communities will make a group b'nai mitzvah at Temple Emanuel i...
04/25/2019

Twenty-one female residents & one male resident at 2Life Communities will make a group b'nai mitzvah at Temple Emanuel in Newton on May 11. Read more: http://bit.ly/TJA-bnai-mitzvah

Babson College student and BRUW founder Max Feber talked to The Advocate about his cold brew coffee filter, growing up i...
02/27/2019

Babson College student and BRUW founder Max Feber talked to The Advocate about his cold brew coffee filter, growing up in a Detroit Jewish community and striking a deal with Mark Cuban on ABC's "Shark Tank." http://bit.ly/TJA-BRUW

Do you have a birthday or celebration coming up? Kosher Kitchen columnist Joni Schockett has you covered with cake recip...
02/27/2019
Let them eat cake!

Do you have a birthday or celebration coming up? Kosher Kitchen columnist Joni Schockett has you covered with cake recipes this week. bit.ly/TJA-Cake

The history of Jews and cake is a long one. Jews made sweet pastries as far back as is traceable. Coffee cakes, sponge cakes for Pesach, tarts and tortes have been part of the Jewish menu for as long as Jews have been eating.

Former Maimonides School student-athlete Michal Alge broke yet another program record as she finished her final season f...
02/27/2019
Maimo grad shatters Yeshiva hoops records

Former Maimonides School student-athlete Michal Alge broke yet another program record as she finished her final season for Yeshiva University women's basketball. See where she is headed next: bit.ly/TJA-Alge

Yeshiva University women’s basketball forward Michal Alge PHOTOS: YESHIVA UNIVERSITYNEW YORK – Yeshiva University women’s basketball forward Michal Alge finished her senior year by breaking yet another record. On Feb. 14, Alge entered the game tied for first with 1,134 points as the program’...

Just Hummus founder Colin Daly will be at Congregation Beth Israel of the Merrimack Valley to share his story and of cou...
02/27/2019

Just Hummus founder Colin Daly will be at Congregation Beth Israel of the Merrimack Valley to share his story and of course, samples on March 10. Read more about his journey to Israel and back to Boston: bit.ly/TJA-Hummus

Rabbi David Grossman, of B'nai Tikvah in Canton (formerly known as the Congregation of Temple Beth Abraham and Temple Be...
02/27/2019
South Shore rabbi takes on new pulpit

Rabbi David Grossman, of B'nai Tikvah in Canton (formerly known as the Congregation of Temple Beth Abraham and Temple Beth Am) will be joining Temple Beth Sholom in Hull as their new spiritual leader July 1. Check out our interview with him: http://bit.ly/TJA-Grossman

HULL – Rabbi David Grossman, a longtime rabbi/cantor currently serving B’nai Tikvah in Canton, is set to join Temple Beth Sholom here as their next spiritual leader on July 1.

A survivor’s musical link to now
01/16/2019
A survivor’s musical link to now

A survivor’s musical link to now

RIO DE JANEIRO – The Shabbat dinners at Grandpa Salomon’s were long gone in 1944. Since January, Freddy was hiding in a Catholic boys school where 12 of the 60 pupils were Jewish.

01/16/2019

Our trip & hashtag is featured on the front pages of The Jewish Advocate, a paper started by in 1903! Check it out below or online: https://www.thejewishadvocate.com/

Tsofen puts Arabs into Israeli high-tech
01/16/2019
Tsofen puts Arabs into Israeli high-tech

Tsofen puts Arabs into Israeli high-tech

BOSTON – Tsofen – Hebrew for ‘code’ – is an innovative Israeli nonprofit organization that works to increase the participation of Arab engineers in Israeli high-tech industry; to leverage that growth to advance the economic sustainability of Arab citizens of Israel; and thereby to enhance ...

This week's Kosher Kitchen column is all about an iconic Jewish dessert: the black-and-white cookie! Yum. bit.ly/TJA-Hal...
07/12/2018

This week's Kosher Kitchen column is all about an iconic Jewish dessert: the black-and-white cookie! Yum. bit.ly/TJA-HalfMoon

Have you heard? Wayland's Or Atid has a new rabbi! Read all about Rabbi Polisson and what he hopes to bring to the commu...
07/12/2018

Have you heard? Wayland's Or Atid has a new rabbi! Read all about Rabbi Polisson and what he hopes to bring to the community: http://bit.ly/TJA-Rabbi_Polisson

Pie. Oh, my! Whether you're looking for some kosher recipes for the Fourth or just craving some really good pie, check o...
07/03/2018
Pie. Oh, my!

Pie. Oh, my! Whether you're looking for some kosher recipes for the Fourth or just craving some really good pie, check out this week's Kosher Kitchen by TJA columnist Joni Schockett: http://bit.ly/TJA-Pie

I love summer fruit pies. My dad had a favorite that I made him every summer: blueberries from his garden mixed with summer-sweet peaches and topped with a crispy crumble crust. I made it for every barbecue he had from Memorial Day to Labor Day. We also both loved strawberry rhubarb crumble or latti...

Want to see The Soap Myth starring Ed Asner at the Zeiterion Theatre on Saturday, Jan. 27? Free pairs of tickets to the ...
01/22/2018

Want to see The Soap Myth starring Ed Asner at the Zeiterion Theatre on Saturday, Jan. 27? Free pairs of tickets to the first 10 new print subscribers to The Jewish Advocate! Email [email protected] or call 617-367-9100 x120 today!

EDITORIAL: "Marginalizing dissent is not Jewish" In ,  () v. , we make the point that healthy, respectful disagreement i...
01/22/2018

EDITORIAL: "Marginalizing dissent is not Jewish" In , () v. , we make the point that healthy, respectful disagreement is good for the community, and censoring dissent is not. Read: http://bit.ly/TJA-disagreement

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed the Taylor Force Act, which would link Palestinian aid to government payme...
08/09/2017
‘Force’ feeding

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed the Taylor Force Act, which would link Palestinian aid to government payment to terrorists and their families.

Massachusetts Senator Edward J. Markey voted for the bill alongside 16 other lawmakers on the committee, including five other Democrats and all 11 Republicans.

http://bit.ly/TJA-Force

WASHINGTON – Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey voted with 16 other lawmakers on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to pass the Taylor Force Act, which denounces the Palestinian Authority’s financial incentives for acts of terror.

New York's Congregation Shearith Israel - The Spanish & Portuguese Synagogue won an appeal for trusteeship of Touro Syna...
08/09/2017

New York's Congregation Shearith Israel - The Spanish & Portuguese Synagogue won an appeal for trusteeship of Touro Synagogue - Newport, RI, the oldest synagogue in North America. Control of the synagogue means control of the "rimonim," or ritual bells, worth over $7 million.

Congregation Jeshuat Israel, the longtime occupant of Touro, has lost legal control in this ruling.

http://bit.ly/TJA-Touro

Make simple roasted garlic, garlic paste & garlic chile confit with Joni Schockett's Kosher Kitchen. http://bit.ly/TJA_g...
08/03/2017
On the garlic diet, you look smaller from a distance

Make simple roasted garlic, garlic paste & garlic chile confit with Joni Schockett's Kosher Kitchen. http://bit.ly/TJA_garlic

If you don’t love the smell, the taste, and even the texture of garlic, then I’m afraid this column is not for you. However, if you can’t get enough of this delectable herb, once thought to vanquish everything from vampires to the common cold, then you’re in for a treat.

08/03/2017
The humanitarian Jewish state

EDITORIAL: Israel has taken the right approach by providing massive amounts of humanitarian aid to Syria. http://bit.ly/TJA_EditorialSyria

As Jews, we can take great pride in the recently revealed efforts by Israel to relieve the suffering of its war ravaged Syrian neighbors. Since the Syrian Civil War began six years ago, more than 500,000 people have been killed, half the pre-war population has been displaced, and five million people...

Temple Isaiah, The Greater Boston Interfaith Organization and Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center (ISBCC) host Mus...
08/03/2017
Muslim ‘teach-in’ at Temple Isaiah

Temple Isaiah, The Greater Boston Interfaith Organization and Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center (ISBCC) host Muslim 'teach-in' to encourage tolerance and dialogue. http://bit.ly/TJA_TeachIn

LEXINGTON – Temple Isaiah here, in conjunction with the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization and the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center, drew over 250 attendees for a Muslim teach-in on July 25.

Three locals share their experience teaching English in Israel w/Masa Israel Teaching Fellows Program. http://bit.ly/TJA...
08/03/2017
Masa Program sends three local grads to teach English in Israel

Three locals share their experience teaching English in Israel w/Masa Israel Teaching Fellows Program. http://bit.ly/TJA_Masa

NEWTON – A third grader at Hadarim Elementary School in Rehovot, Israel would sit in her English classes, apathetic and unwilling to do her homework. It wasn’t until the student met Newton resident Naomi Lieberman that things began to change.

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Straight Out of “The 400th”
By John Burl Smith
I dedicated this post “Straight Out of ‘The 400th’” to my wife Dot, and other black women, who were and are continually on the frontline, as unsung heroines of our love story, which is as older as time itself. Recently there has been lots of buzz regarding Mrs. Michelle Obama’s recent statement, “I’m experiencing “low-grade depression.” Then she followed that with, “The idea that what this country is going through shouldn’t have any effect on us-that we all should just feel OK all the time-that just doesn't feel real to me. So I hope you all are allowing yourselves to feel whatever it is you’re feeling.” It is called empathy. For me her response is consistent with the nurturant role enslaved African women have always filled from slave pens until today. The powerful thing to me is that she felt that urge and openly expressed that matriarchal tendency to relate and comfort the community.
While struggling to learn how best to express my thoughts in writing, when telling a story, Dot always admonished, “It has to be a love story!” So this is an “ode to black women and a love story in her honor.” Black women began expressing this concept most profoundly, during the story I learned and tell in my narrative “The 400th” From Slavery to Hip Hop. Believe it or not, I did not set out to structure “The 400th” as I did, but in telling of it, black women and their role, very subtly at first, but conditions kept dictated their survival strategy. The circumstances enslaved Africans endured forced black women to step into the void, whenever one existed. The following passages exemplify black women’s role “Straight out of “The 400th”.
First and foremost, in terms of survival for enslaved Africans, black women seemed to have decided back in slavery to throw babies at the problem, until black men came up with a better strategy. Their decision to keep bearing children, in the face of total uncertainty, pain and loss, as well as degradation and exploitation, while beginning forced to nurse masters’ children, at the expense of her child; Black they took on the burden of caring for others. They were the foundation of the next crucial decisions for former enslaved Africans after emancipation, which was to make families and build communities; black women became the center of community survival.
Black women were the ones most likely to be able to read and write, so that put them in control of the family’s business. Those families that followed this strategy prospered, but those that did not, didn’t fare as well. This result is reflected by the fact that black women with children survived without men, but men without families, mostly did poorly. Some family structures former slaves developed defy textbook descriptions. Families joined together; sometimes two or three women shared one man. Some arrangements were like confederations, formed based on mutual survival needs and agreements.
Just the same, whatever structure former slaves came up with, proved to be resilient enough that small groups of families became communities, aiding contrabands survival. Their decision to build communities allowed what they learned, as individuals surviving in slave pens, to become group knowledge, underpinning their common experiences, made all their other experiences part of their communal strategies. Deciding to make families and build communities, rather than dispersing among others or existing as individuals, I believe, was enslaved Africans saving grace.
Although keeping the family together was their primary responsibility, black women lead all kinds of civic/social movements and activities. Their most powerful weapon was “Colored Women Clubs, which united them in the efforts to find and care for orphans. Slavery and Civil War produced millions of children who had no idea of who or the whereabouts of their parents. While simultaneously, men formed groups among themselves—ministers, lodges, and fraternal organizations—which championed and established traditions of self-help and communal support, however, women’s groups were far more effective. Identical to white men, but for different reasons, black men were very chauvinistic about leadership. Most of these groups excluded women, and those that admitted women, relegated them to second class status, at best secretaries.
Today, I felt compelled to offer this ode to black women to honor their determination, strength, intelligence, resolve and refusal to yield, as Maya Angelou penned so eloquently, “Still I Rise.” I refuse to attend any “pity party” where black women are looked upon as deficient in any respect or there are questions about black women regarding anything, except being overly generous to white women, who know the truth of their prowess, because they stand on black women’s shoulders. But to get their big chance, white women align with white men to get their slice of white privilege.
This ode to black women is an appeal for them to stand strong in their tradition, you have nothing which to apologize. You have earned your bona fides, competing against white privilege, so never take a step back against yourself. When you do, you will be conceding ground you have fought tremendous battles to gain. Lives were lost by black women like you to preserve gains for the next generation. Then again because you are so magnanimous, today you stand before the world based on everyone—white men, black men and white women—readily moved up over your backs to stand on your shoulders, denying you your rightful place because you are black women.
Today you have earned your rightful place at the highest levels of leadership. But, I have a final question, “If not now, what was it all for?” You, black woman, asked for this, and deservedly so it is before each of you. Each time you stepped, you passed a black man, who was comfortable, hanging out with the white boys in the backroom. On such nights, you were up late, burning the midnight oil, so you could be so incredibly stunning the next morning. “If not now, what was the struggle for?”
You would have never made it to where you are if being a pretty party girl was what you dreamed of and pined. Feeding your fire, after being born in darkness without real hope, you reached for that which burned brightest, as your guide toward the light that shines upon you today. Your brilliance is yours by right, not anyone’s stolen joy; you deserve everything that is before. So reach out and possess it, as your prize, for all your battles won. The best needs to show young eyes what a powerful black woman looks like and behave like, by being the example you never had. What will young eyes see if you do not provide such images? “If not this time then when?”
Read about MWJDS Head of School Brian M. Cohen on the front page of The Jewish Advocate this week! Still wondering about September? MWJDS is ready with full-day, live online instruction with teachers and peers, small class sizes, face-to-face social opportunities, and a proactive timeline for integrating hybrid in-person learning. Our community is still welcoming students for the fall. Call 508-868-9833 to learn more.

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August 7, 2020

Cohen joins MWJDS as head of school

FRAMINGHAM – The board of directors of MetroWest Jewish Day School announced the appointment of Brian M. Cohen as head of school.

“I’ve been passionate about individualized education, meeting the needs of diverse learners, and building inclusive Jewish communities throughout my career,” Cohen said. “MetroWest Jewish Day School is a beacon on each of these fronts. I look forward to bringing a collaborative approach to leadership as we work to enhance and amplify the work already underway. Together, we will strengthen the school for generations of students to come.”

Cohen comes to MWJDS with over 20 years of experience in the field of K-12 education, including 13 years of school administration and leadership. He began his career in the public schools of San Francisco and Oakland, Calif. as a teacher and curriculum leader.

Since his move to the Boston area in 2008, he has been a principal at Maimonides School and most recently New England Hebrew Academy. He brings experience mentoring teachers, developing curricula, managing school operations, and leading community partnerships.

“In this moment of unique challenge and opportunity for educators all over the world, Brian brings a wealth of educational experience matched only by his energy and leadership abilities,” said Renee Finn, president of the MWJDS board of directors. “Brian‘s educational philosophy, to teach each child ‘according to their way’ reflects the MWJDS approach to education. The board of directors enthusiastically welcomes him to our community as our new head of school.”

Cohen succeeds Ed Frim, z”l who passed away in April after a battle with cancer.

“Having joined MWJDS in June of 2019,” the school noted in a statement, “Ed brought love, dedication and menschlichkeit to our community in ways that far outsized his short tenure with the school. The Edward Frim Curriculum Fund has been established in his memory.

“During his illness,” the statement continued, “MWJDS board member Rena Mirkin stepped in as acting head of school, and was quickly tested with the arrival of the Covid-19 pandemic. Her work leading our community through a rapid pivot to remote learning was crucial to our success in this period.

Mirkin will continue to serve MWJDS as a board member, as well as a resource to Cohen in the coming year.

A graduate of Indiana University Bloomington, Cohen earned his Master’s degree in school leadership at Harvard University. He lives in Newton with his wife and two children, and serves as a board member of Congregation Shaarei Tefilah.

MetroWest Jewish Day School, founded in 2002, is a rich and vibrant community school serving the greater Framingham/Natick area as well as drawing students from a wide range of communities, spanning from Newton to Worcester. MWJDS, the only Jewish day school in Greater Boston’s Metro West region, is a nurturing institution where children are highly engaged in their education and inspired to learn, excelling both within the school and in the world beyond. MWJDS delivers exceptional Jewish and secular education with an individualized level of attention to each student from extra support to advanced enrichment or both.

For over 15 years, the individualized education offered at MWJDS has provided students leveled curricula in a nurturing and collaborative K-8 learning community designed to help them to succeed and develop at their own pace. While many students start in kindergarten, every year families transfer to MWJDS seeking smaller class size, collaboration with proactive teachers, and a program where their child loves learning. Because of their solid foundation from MWJDS, graduates have gone on to earn honors in high school and attend top-rated colleges across the country.

In 2016, the Alfred and Gilda Slifka Foundation chose MWJDS to be the inaugural site of its comprehensive Slifka Inclusion Initiative, in recognition of the school’s unique educational model.
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