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By adamg - 8/13/19 - 4:37 pm

Keith Westrich, associate commissioner for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, who long worked on programs to get high-school kids ready for life after graduation, was placed on leave and then retired after his name was published in a list of former "clergy with substantiated allegations of sexual abuse of a minor" issued by the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

In a statement today, DESE said: Read more.

By adamg - 8/6/19 - 5:34 pm

FBI Boston: Arsons at Chabad Centers (Needham)

The FBI today announced a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever tried - and failed - three times to set Chabad centers in Arlington and Needham on fire. Read more.

By adamg - 7/15/19 - 5:45 pm

Marblehead Police report somebody posted the fliers on the entrance to Temple Emanu-El on Atlantic Avenue sometime over the weekend, and that they are looking for any tips from people who might have seen something. Read more.

By adamg - 7/10/19 - 7:15 pm

WCVB reports witnesses spotted the woman tosssing a slab of concrete through the church window.

By adamg - 6/27/19 - 10:15 pm

A federal appeals court today upheld a judge's decision not to force Boston to let a right-wing activist from West Roxbury fly an explicitly Christian flag from one of the three flagpoles outside City Hall while his suit over the issue remains open. Read more.

By adamg - 6/24/19 - 8:52 am

WBUR reports on Rabbi Dan Rodkin's plea. In addition to retired cops and service members who already have guns, Rodkin is writing letters of recommendation for members who want to get their own gun licenses.

Rodkin began to seriously consider an attack on his congregation after the fatal attack on the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh.

By adamg - 6/5/19 - 11:53 am

Hope Central Church on Seaverns Avenue in Jamaica Plain isn't waiting for the current administration to be voted out: The Religion News Service reports the church has gotten an ink stamp of Tubman's profile and is using it on $20 bills:

"I'm taking such pleasure in this. Mr. Trail of Tears, gone!" laughed Ann Potter, who counts offerings for HCC, as she covered the former president’s face on bill after bill.

By adamg - 6/2/19 - 10:19 pm

NBC Boston reports on the vandalism at St. Mark Church on Dorchester Avenue.

By adamg - 5/30/19 - 2:39 pm

The Jewish Journal reports the city of Peabody has scheduled a solidarity rally for City Hall at 4 p.m. this Wednesday following an anti-Semitic incident on May 25:

[Rabbi Nechemia] Schusterman said that while out on a walk with Rabbi Sruli Baron, a man in a loud pickup truck swore at him and threw a penny at him and dared the rabbi to pick it up.

By adamg - 5/28/19 - 7:34 pm

The Swellesley Report reports that around 12:50 a.m. one recent morning an officer was dispatched to a local synagogue on a report of somebody banging on the door - by somebody inside who was not about to open the door at 12:50 a.m. Police say it was a local teen who told the officer he saw lights on and was curious about what was going on inside. The officer told him he could better satisfy his curiosity by calling the temple during normal business hours and asking.

By adamg - 5/17/19 - 5:02 pm

A total of $21,000 in reward money is now up for anybody who provides information that leads to the arrest of the suspected arsonists to blame for fires at rabbis' homes in Arlington and Needham. Read more.

By adamg - 5/15/19 - 2:30 pm

Your Arlington reports a May 11 fire, for which police have released video of a possible suspect, is the home of a rabbi who heads the local orthodox Chabad center, which he runs out of his home. The head of the town's Human Rights Commission says there is no current evidence that the fire "was motivated by the identity of the homeowners." Read more.

By adamg - 5/11/19 - 9:41 am

Boston Magazine has a list of some interesting things about Old South Church.

By adamg - 4/28/19 - 7:11 pm

WBZ reports on a vigil at the Holocaust Memorial for the people shot during a Passover service in Poway, CA yesterday.

By adamg - 4/24/19 - 9:12 am

The Sri Lanka Association of New England and the Massachusetts Council of Churches will hold a vigil at the Parkman Bandstand starting at 6 p.m. on Thursday. Read more.

By adamg - 4/19/19 - 5:44 pm
Recreation of the stations of the cross in the South End

Greg Cook watched a stations of the cross procession today in the South End, recreating Jesus's sentencing, death march and resurrection.

By adamg - 4/11/19 - 6:07 pm

The Dorchester Reporter reports police are trying to find who keeps pouring a red substance on statues outside Saint Gregory’s Church in Lower Mills and Most Precious Blood Church and Saint Anne’s Church in Hyde Park.

A witness told police they had observed an unknown black female enter Most Precious Blood Church on a separate occasion and attempt to deface statues inside the church before fleeing the scene in a white sedan.

By adamg - 3/19/19 - 10:25 pm
New Zealand vigil at Cambridge City Hall

Greg Cook was one of several hundred people at a vigil for the victims of the latest white-nationalist mass murderer, this time in New Zealand. He listened as Farida Moustafa, a 16-year-old student at Cambridge Rindge and Latin said that it could just as easily have been her and her family there. He also watched as people kneeled to recite the evening prayer.

By adamg - 3/10/19 - 3:31 pm
Seaweed snacks now kosher for Passover

The Dedham Stop & Shop always seem to have one of the largest selections of food that's kosher for Passover outside of Harvard Street in Brookline - and not just the traditional stuff like matzoh and gefilte fish. Among the selections this year: Roasted seaweed snacks.

By adamg - 3/7/19 - 7:52 pm

The Jewish Journal talks to Debbie Cherry, president of Temple B’nai Israel, the last remnant of what was once Revere's large Jewish community - which she is now preparing for sale.

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