On Sunday, June 5, Ma’ayan Sands, Elias Matthew Herb, and Vera Martina Broekhuysen, were among a group of eight women and men ordained by Hebrew College – two as cantors and six as rabbis – at a two-hour ceremony at Temple Reyim in Newton that was both solemn and celebratory.
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I have been a loyal donor, subscriber, and reader of the Jewish Journal of the North Shore since I moved to the North Shore in 1995. Last week, I cancelled my Journal subscription. I did this because of the changes made by the new Publisher and Editor. The Journal has moved from an interesting, thoughtful, high journalistic quality newspaper to a tabloid propaganda piece. The deterioration in the journalistic quality and the bigotry expressed in the Journal is horrifying. "News" articles are now openly mixed with the narrow-minded opinions of the publisher and editor. The quality of the writing has degenerated to that of a high school student. Many pieces are full of rhetorical questions that seek only to inflame, not inform. The publisher and editor rant openly about what and who they are against; and never offer meaningful solutions or say what they are for. Random Facebook rants are reprinted in the pages of Journal, this is not an appropriate or productive use of newsprint.
I miss the old Jewish Journal and want it back.
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#antisemitism at Temple B'nai Abraham in Beverly last weekend. Learn more on our Facebook page. #vandalism
Anti-Semitic Graffiti at Temple B'nai Abraham-Conservative
The words “Merry Christmas” and a dollar sign were spray-painted in green on the back walls of Temple B’nai Abraham in Beverly on Saturday night, May 21. The police were called immediately, according to Rabbi Alison Adler.
“We see this as an opportunity to deal with larger underlying issues,” said Rabbi Adler of the possible hate crime. “We want to have a community conversation with the ADL about anti-Semitism because I don't think it’s just about this.” That conversation will be held at the temple and moderated by the Anti-Defamation League on June 2.
According to president Alan Peirce, a non-temple member was at TBA on Saturday night to pick up some materials and he saw the graffiti, took a picture of it and sent it to a friend who then posted it on Facebook. As a result the event became public before the Temple was informed and had a chance to decide how to respond.
The non-temple member called Executive Director Deborah Schutzman upon finding the graffiti, and according to the police report submitted by Officer Michael Backstrom of the Beverly Police Department (BPD), Schutzman called it in to the police.
Crime Analyst and Operations Officer Michael A. Boccuzzi of the BPD displayed evidence of other vandalism in the area within three days of each other. “Hokey is better” was spray-painted in red across a Beverly basketball court. “I h8t kids and don't do drugs” was spray-painted on the Sea Wall, along with “Salem 16” and some vulgarity regarding Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, along with other crude language.
“I don't believe they were done by the same people,” said Officer Boccuzzi, despite the fact that in each instance, red, green, or black spray paint was used with what appears to be similar handwriting. Over a three-day span, there were several “tagging” events in a half-mile area.
"It's probably a seven on the Richter scale of stupid," said president Pierce. "It's hateful, it's hurtful, and it's something that needs to wake up the community as to why this happens."
The vandalism was immediately painted over. “There are some people that are very upset… they wanted to leave it up there,” said president Pierce. “We covered it over but we didn't intend to cover it up,” he added. Rabbi Adler appeared distraught, defending the decision to paint over the vandalism. “I don't want to walk into the building and see that,” she said.
Rabbi Adler and president Pierce met with Mayor Mike Cahill on Monday, May 23 to discuss the anti-Semitic incident. A photo and a response from Rabbi Adler and president Pierce were posted on the TBA website.
The response said, “As far as hate crimes go, this ranks up there with “stupid” rather than vile… But it hits home.”
The vandalism gives the community a chance to have an honest conversation, in Rabbi Adler’s mind. “People have fears. I mean I do, I’m up at night worrying about what we’re sending our kids into,” said Rabbi Adler. She sees this as a signal to have a larger conversation about anti-Semitism that is happening in the larger community.
Rabbi Adler believes that the community should talk about this event in the context of anti-Semitism in our country. “It’s an over due conversation in some ways, and this is a trigger.” And Alan Pierce added, “And it’s too bad it took a trigger.”