Hobnobbing with the Hollywood stars were Peabody’s Max Blake, and his parents, Amy and Richard.
Lois and Jerry Ogan of Marblehead took their children, grandchildren and great-granddaughter to a resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, to celebrate Lois’s 80th birthday, and the couple’s upcoming 60th wedding anniversary. L-r, are four generations: Lois Ogan, Debbi (Ogan) Fendell, Lila Moschitto, Melissa (Fendell) Moschitto and Jerry Ogan.
The Stamell family, who resided in Swampscott for more than 60 years, recently journeyed to Israel. L-r: Lisa (Stamell) Porter holds the Journal with her siblings Neal Stamell, Beth (Stamell) Berman, niece Molly Stamell (daughter of Matt), Matt Stamell and Gene Stamell.
It was their first voyage to Israel together as a family, marking the one-year death of their beloved mother, Sylvia (Schulte) Stamell. They are pictured at the top of Mount Carmel, overlooking the Bahai Gardens in Haifa.
Jewish Journal MA Editor Susan Jacobs left her heart (but not her Journal) in San Francisco.
Roz and Marv Jacobson of Peabody just returned from Los Angeles, where they visited the Getty Center Museum (above), as well as other sites, such as the historic 1934 Farmers’ Market.
Heidi and Jeff Krugman of Beverly are pictured on the hanging bridges in the rain forest in Arenal, Costa Rica.
L-R: Ron and Nonnie Rubin of Swampscott, Barbara and Phil Ellerin of Lynnfield, and Karen and Donny Feldman of Lynnfield are pictured on the beach in Aruba, where they have been celebrating the New Year holiday together for over 20 years.
Diane Knopf of Swampscott took a cruise of the Southern Caribbean with her daughter, Elyse. They are pictured at Congregation Mikve Israel in Curaçao, the oldest synagogue in continuous use in the Americas.
Laotian elephants caught up on Journal news, thanks to visitors Barbara and Bert Wolf of Swampscott, Josene Steinberg of Swampscott, and David Fromm of Newton. The group was on a three-week Southeast Asia adventure visiting Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia and Singapore. On this particular morning, they hiked in a mountainous jungle, enjoyed a picnic lunch by beautiful waterfalls, and took an elephant ride followed by a “cruise” on a river raft.
Along with every other Jew in Florida, Andrea Ring of Swampscott hunted for bargains on Christmas Day at the Festival Flea Market in Pompano Beach.
Shelley Sackett of Swampscott (who writes for the Journal) has returned from an adventure in India. She was surprised to learn that no newspapers are allowed inside the Taj Mahal. This is as close as she could get with her Journal to the iconic buidling.
Barbara and Steve Smidt of Peabody recently traveled through Eastern Europe, visiting the Czech Republic, Hungary and Austria. The picture above was taken at (Theodor) Herzl Plaza in Vienna.
L-r: Allan and Susan Couris of Swampscott, Lenny and Sandy Bodner of Revere, and Phyllis and Harvey Levin of Swampscott recently took in the sights, sounds and cuisine of Italy. They are pictured together in Positano.
Mark Gelfand and Cynthia Calabrese of Swampscott were recently in Gondar, Ethiopia, where they visited one of the many science centers and schools that Mark has helped establish. He worked with The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee to open the Gondar Science & Technology Center with funding from the Gelfand Charitable Trust.
L-r: Herb and Arlene Leventhal of Swampscott, and Phyllis and Jack Karas of Marblehead got up-close and personal with the astonishing wildlife in Chobe National Park in Botswana, Africa.
Rich and Susan Dinkin of Beverly were visiting their daughter, Gabrielle, who is a student at Washington University in St. Louis. Coincidentally, the Red Sox were in St. Louis that same weekend, playing game three of the World Series. Although the longtime Sox fans were unable to score tickets to the game, they did score this picture in front of Busch Stadium.
What are the chances of two people from Revere meeting in Israel? Pretty good, apparently. Jackson Paul of Salem (at right in the picture) met up with Bruce Baltimore of Israel, formerly of Revere, when Bruce was a tour guide on Jackson’s trip. They reminisced about growing up in Revere while viewing the Ramon Crater.
Howard and Sharon Rich of Marblehead and Boston were recently in Israel on an AIPAC mission. They are pictured in Rawabi, a new planned community in the West Bank.
Brad and Jill York of Marblehead traveled to Cape Town, South Africa, to meet up with their daughter, Emmy, who is currently doing a semester at sea aboard the MV Explorer. They brought their Jewish Journal along with them.