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  • Torathon…and beyond

    TORATHON …and beyond Saturday, November 16, 2013, 5:30 pm – 9:40 pm (refreshments to follow)...

  • YAD Events

    C’mon Get Happy!!  YAD’s Thursday Night Monthly Happy Hour 6:30– 8:00 pm. November  14th:...


    Happy 5th Birthday PJ Library!! We Are Having a Party and You Are Invited!!! Sunday, December 8th,...

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  • Editorial The View from a Wheelchair

    The View from a Wheelchair

    As a geriatric care manager for more than three decades, I’ve spent thousands of hours helping my clients cope with a wide range of mobility challenges—ensuring they have safe homes and systems in place that enable them to remain independent and well cared for. But nothing brings home the reality of what so many with physical disabilities face than finding yourself unable to walk. This has been my struggle for the past month, ever since I stumbled, fell, and broke my right ankle. As a busy professional, volunteer, wife and mother, I have found it extraordinarily frustrating (not to mention […]

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  • News How to Celebrate Thanksgivukkah, the Best Holiday of All Time

    How to Celebrate Thanksgivukkah, the Best Holiday of All Time

    This holiday won’t happen again for 70,000 years. So celebrate to the max: Manischewitz-brined turkey, pecan pie rugelach, a cornucopia of gelt, and lots more. MANISCHEWITZ-BRINED ROAST TURKEY Serves 14-16 INGREDIENTS Brine: 6 quarts (24 cups) water, divided 1 ½ cups kosher salt 3 tablespoons caraway seeds 1 tablespoon fennel seeds 1 tablespoon mustard seeds 10 cloves garlic, crushed 5 sprigs rosemary 10 sprigs thyme 4 lemons, halved 4 oranges, halved 3 750-mL bottles Manischewitz Concord Grape wine Turkey: 1 18 to 20-lb turkey 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks) , at room temp Special Equipment 5-gallon container (a large […]

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  • Upcoming Torathon…and beyond

    Torathon…and beyond

    TORATHON …and beyond Saturday, November 16, 2013, 5:30 pm – 9:40 pm (refreshments to follow) at Congregation Beth Israel, 15 Jamesbury Street, Worcester. Join us for our annual “Journey into Jewish Life and Learning” offering 36 classes of text studies, discussions, and “How to” workshops featuring the areas distinguished rabbis, cantors, educator and community leaders, plus…teen programs, refreshments and more!  Advance tickets  are $18.00; at the door $23.00; Students (HS and College) $5.00 in advance/$10.00 at door.  Order tickets online at www.jewishcentralmass.org/torathon  or at your local Central Mass syngaogue.

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  • Editorial Cotton Leadership for Young Adults

    Cotton Leadership for Young Adults

    “Young Jews should be educated in a way that allows them to articulate their Judaism in a positive way in terms of what they do believe instead of describing themselves by what they don’t believe. Then perhaps they will feel like they and their children are part of the community instead of separate from it.” -Jewish Daily Forward (in a response to the recent Pew Study). The late Harold Cotton, Past President of Federation and Philanthropist, had the foresight to know that community building and education would be the necessary tools to preserve the Jewish community’s foundation in Central Mass.  […]

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  • News Spotlight on: *PJ Library Releases Hometown grown “Josh and the Jamtones”  New Music CD

    Spotlight on: *PJ Library Releases Hometown grown “Josh and the Jamtones” New Music CD

    Sometimes timing is truly magical.  When I decided to write a spotlight on native Worcesterite  and musician Josh Shriber, turns out that he and his band, ‘Josh and the Jamtones’, are going to be the featured artists on  PJ Library’s annual CD for kids 3-4 years old nationwide in December (December also marks Central Mass’ 5th anniversary of having the PJ Library program in our community). Each year, PJ Library selects one CD for each age grouping to send out to readers in lieu of a book which is sent the other 11 months of the year.  Additionally, his band […]

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  • News Pardes Up and Kickin’ in its Second Year

    Pardes Up and Kickin’ in its Second Year

    After months of planning, on Wednesday October 2, Pardes welcomed students to its  second year in existence as Worcester’s Community Religious School. It was wonderful to see everyone’s happy faces and excitement as they met with their teachers and friends. With nearly 4 weeks of school already under our belt, we are in a sound routine for learning and success. I know that with the all the teachers’ guidance and support, the Pardes students will be able to strengthen their identities as Jews, their connection to the Jewish people world-wide, and their connection to the state of Israel. I also […]

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  • Editorial Being a Jew of Choice

    Being a Jew of Choice

    The PEW Research Center published a study this month, A Portrait of Jewish America.  And like most Jews, I was fascinated, alarmed and proud by what it said. When I first made the decision to formally convert to Judaism, one issue that I really worried about was how to convert; Orthodox, Conservative or Reform.  One of the deciding factors behind my decision was that I was raising Jewish children and technically, according to Jewish law as interpreted by my Conservative rabbi, they weren’t Jewish.  We had “synagogue shopped,” like a lot of young families, and the one that we loved […]

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  • Features 4 Things To Do About Pew Survey Findings on #JewishAmerica

    4 Things To Do About Pew Survey Findings on #JewishAmerica

    The Pew Research Center’s “Portrait of Jewish Americans” has triggered much debate in the Jewish community. Its key findings — that younger Jews are not only less connected to, but are also less interested in, Jewish life — puts in sharp relief the challenge before us. If we go by numbers alone, the non-Orthodox American Jewish community is facing an existential crisis. The study clearly demonstrates that we stand at an urgent crossroads for American Jewry, and presents us with a major opportunity. Our communal leadership must seize upon it with renewed vigor and focus. It is time to intensify […]

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