Editor's Note

Israel and Paris: Shoulder to Shoulder

The stunning face of an 18 year old IDF soldier defines our new issue. What is it that makes her stare so impactful? Is it her beauty, her delicacy, her girlish freckles? Or her power and determination – that one can imagine her as a fearsome fighter? Perhaps it is because she communicates doubt and vulnerability while also symbolizing the fortitude that powers Israel that she jumps of the front page with such power.

The attacks in France are of incalculable impact. They change ideas on immigration, they challenge our notions of liberty, they may alter the course of the presidential race. We will continue to cover the side-effects as time goes on.

For those who experience violence first-hand – whether fighters or victims – the effects for survivors are long-lasting. Seth Gitell, who was raised in a PTSD household, offers insight into how the damage done to one person impacts another generation.

We have lots to see in this issue, including our ever-growing calendar, a feature on the Phantom Gourmet’s Andelman brothers, a review of a new wood oven pizza restaurant in Salem called Bambolina and a profile on the owner of the natural food restaurant Life Alive, also in Salem… and don’t miss Alan Pierce’s coverage of the “Rescued Torah” at Temple B’nai Abraham in Beverly.


Todd Feinburg

Hate Buries Hope

The spree of violence against innocent Jews in Jerusalem has hit home particularly hard in Boston as Richard Lakin, a 76 year old advocate for peaceful co-existence, and a 30 year resident of Israel, was killed in a brutal gun and knife attack on a bus. The crisis prompted a trip to Israel at the end of the month led by Barry Shrage, President of the Combined Jewish Philanthropies and Jeremy Burton, Executive Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council. We speak to them both in this new issue of the Journal – about what they saw, what they learned, and what we need to know about recent events.

In addition, we talk with Jonathan Greenblatt of the Anti-Defamation League about the challenges for him as the ADL’s new president and the opportunities for Americans to offer assistance to Israel. Greenblatt also made a trip to Israel in October.

Please let me know your reactions to the Hate Buries Hope front page and the stories that lie within.

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Mobile Invasions


The world is suffering from the invasion of the cell phones, or, more accurately, little portable computers that also happen to make phone calls. People in general and young people in particular seem unable to resist the allure of the screen in favor of the people they’re with, and this puts great stress on families as well as marriages.

We explore the problems this invasion has created, and offer some guidance to families and couples dealing with online distractions in the latest issue. Coverage includes guidance from Doug Fodeman, technology director at the Brookwood School in Beverly, who says young folks shouldn’t get a smartphone until 7th grade, and from family therapist Dr. Jon Sobin, who explains the stresses that couples experience dealing with Screen Abuse.

On our op-ed pages, Dr. Keith Ablow and The Forward’s Jay Michaelson debate the insanity or hit-the-nail-on-the-headedness of Dr. Ben Carson’s comments on Hitler’s gun control policies.

And on page 11, our new and expanded calendar includes our Celebrations & Simchas section, taking you all the way to page 25!

On page 28, don’t miss Amy Forman’s feature on graduates of the Glen Urquhart School taking a 415 mile skateboard trip from Manhattan to New Hampshire to remember their brother and friend who died of leukemia in 2010.

Thanks for reading!


Thank You!

By Todd Feinburg

From the Editor:

Thank you, as always, for taking the time to explore our website, and, hopefully, our print edition, which hits your home with more enhancements each week. We are very excited about the October 8 paper, as we continue to work on the design and formatting of our new calendar section, and, you may have noticed, a new format for our front page.

These adjustments are made with a goal of keeping the Journal in step with trends in the news business as we strive to better serve the Greater Boston Jewish Community. Please send your event listings to calendar@jewishjournal.org. Send story ideas or other thoughts to todd@jewishjournal.org.

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Pope On Tour

We’re very excited about our new, September 24 edition of the Journal, which features coverage of the Pope’s tour of the U.S., the Syrian Crisis, and a wonderful front page story called From Tampico to Television written by Associate Editor Amy Forman. This delightful profile focuses on Dr. Irv Danesh of Marblehead, the success of his self-published book and his surprise life as a Hollywood player.

But most of all, we’re proud to unveil a new Calendar section, designed to bring all of the events, theater, arts and family activities that we normally cover throughout the paper into a single place. Please send us your submissions: calendar@jewishjournal.org.

As always, we welcome your feedback. Please feel free to reach out to me or Josh if you think one of us can be of assistance.

todd@jewishjournal.org - Todd Feinburg, editor

josh@jewishjournal.org - Josh Resnek, publisher

Editor's Greetings

By Todd Feinburg

While I’ve been writing for the Journal since early summer, this new edition, dated September 10, is my first since taking on the title of “Editor.” The reality is, however, I was busy learning the ropes during a hectic week in which we produced a High Holiday edition that ran about twice the size of our regular paper. As a result, my editorial contributions were largely limited to proof reading, making occasional decisions about content, and trying to stay out of the way of the process.

The best thing I learned, or I should say had confirmed for me, was what a wonderful group of people we have working together to create the Journal. They are smart, passionate and dedicated, and there’s no doubt in my mind that our collaboration will be very fruitful.

Our goal is to make the Jewish Journal the most powerful communication tool for the Greater Boston Jewish community that a publication can be. While these are challenging times of transition for traditional newspapers, we have the advantage of not being so traditional. The Journal is unique in that it serves a cohesive and vibrant community that cares deeply about the role we play in their lives.

We will continue to work hard to be a compelling clearing house for the events, ideas, and transitions that affect our lives.

Happy New Year.

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