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By adamg - 12/21/22 - 10:39 am

The Puritans may not have been quite as dour as we think, but their aversion for celebrating Christmas is well known - and persisted in Massachusetts long after they were gone. Aline Kaplan recounts how 19th-century Boston Unitarians began to change that.

By adamg - 12/6/22 - 2:29 pm
Rendering of proposed new synogogue

Rendering of proposed new synogogue.

The Zoning Board of Appeal today approved plans by Congregation Khal Tiferes Yosef to move from its current home in its rabbi's basement to a new two-story shul at 49 Bennett St., basically across the street. Read more.

By adamg - 11/14/22 - 2:09 pm

A former staff nurse at Boston Medical Center who believes Covid-19 vaccines are an affront to her God-given immune system and were grown out of the remains of aborted fetuses today sued Boston Medical Center for firing her in October for refusing to get the shots. Read more.

By adamg - 11/4/22 - 9:26 am

GBH gets comments from the Archdiocese of Boston on Councilor Frank Baker's anti-Protestant assertion about City Council redistricting.

By adamg - 10/19/22 - 3:03 pm

A federal judge today tossed a former BU theology grad student's attempt to permanently ban the school from ever making her take a nasal Covid-19 test should she return to classes and should the school resume Covid-19 testing. Read more

By adamg - 10/13/22 - 2:51 pm

A man the feds call "a purported Orthodox Christian monk" and his live-in lawyer were arrested today on charges they defrauded the government out of $3.6 million in Covid relief funds by filing bogus applications filled with lies about how many employees they had to obtain money that they then used to upgrade the properties they already owned and to buy a new one, rather than using the money to keep employing workers they did not, in fact, have. Read more.

By adamg - 10/9/22 - 12:55 pm
Sign advertising drag service at Brighton church

Dan O'Brien spotted this sign in front of the Brighton Allston Congregational Church on Washington Street in Brighton Center today.

By adamg - 9/18/22 - 12:40 pm
Sign that asks if you're looking for a sign

This sign was outside the Brighton Allston Congregational Church in Brighton Center last week.

By adamg - 9/9/22 - 11:55 pm
Sabra packaging with KVH symbol

KVH symbol on lower left of Sabra hummus, or homus, tub. From the KVH complaint

The Rabbinical Council of Massachusetts, which provides certification of kosher foods under the name KVH Kosher, today filed a trademark lawsuit against Sabra Foods of Norwood, which the council says continues to stamp its hummus with the council's "kashruth" symbol even after being told to knock it off. Read more.

By adamg - 9/7/22 - 12:37 pm

The lawyer for the Satanic Temple in Salem provided a "status report" on the group's lawsuit against the City Council over its religious invocations to the judge in the case yesterday. It's pretty easy reading and explains the group's First Amendment claim about how the council starts its meetings and why he wants Michelle Wu to sit for questioning, so have at it at the link below, but some highlights: Read more.

By adamg - 9/2/22 - 10:17 pm

A lawyer for the Satanic Temple of Salem says he's going to seek a bench warrant for Michelle Wu's arrest if she doesn't show up in Salem on Sept. 12 for a deposition in the group's lawsuit over how the City Council opens its meetings with an invocation by a religious leader, and never mind that a federal judge has already told the group it can't make Wu sit for hours answering questions about the invocations. Read more.

By adamg - 9/1/22 - 3:27 pm

When Temple B’nai Israel in Revere closed in 2019, one question was what would happen to its last remaining torah scroll. The Jewish Journal recounts its journey to a new congregation, in Kenya. It was not as easy a transfer as you might think - the first time final B'nai Israel President Debbie Cherry flew to Kenya with it, the airline lost it.

By adamg - 8/26/22 - 12:35 pm

A former student at Arlington Catholic High School yesterday sued two former priests in the Archdiocese of Boston - and a third, as yet unidentified priest - whom he blames in part for the times he says the school's then vice principal came into the room where he was serving detention and molested him. Read more.

By adamg - 8/23/22 - 12:32 pm
Proposed new school building

The Zoning Board of Appeal today approved plans by Mesivta High School of Greater Boston to replace its current one-story building at 114 Leicester St. in Brighton Center with a two-story school. Read more.

By adamg - 7/29/22 - 11:32 am

A pair of developers and the Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral say they will soon file detailed plans for two seven-story residential buildings on part of the church's 1.4 acres of land at 165 Park Dr. in the Fenway - and that the project will include "important repairs" to the cathedral. Read more.

By adamg - 7/28/22 - 11:23 am

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that a western-Massachusetts man who says he was raped repeatedly in the 1960s by various Catholic Church clergy, including the then bishop of Springfield, can make his case to a jury that he is owed damages not only for that but for the way the church handled his case after he came forward in 2014. Read more.

By adamg - 7/21/22 - 11:19 am

A Newton rabbi hopes to open a non-profit "Jewish tavern and house of learning" on Washington Street in Somerville, where the Kirkland Tap and Trotter used to be, Boston Restaurant Talk reports.

Rabbi Charles Schwartz's proposed Lehrhaus would be: Read more.

By adamg - 7/20/22 - 8:59 pm

Ginnette reports:

MBTA preacher got on the Red Line and I told him "we are already in hell Sir!"

By adamg - 7/13/22 - 9:48 am

Jamaica Plain News reports that when the sisters who now live in a prominent parkway monastery move out, they will leave the building behind, rather than sell it to a developer who wanted to replace it with townhouses.

By adamg - 6/30/22 - 11:26 am
Rev. Zenetta Armstrong

Armstrong explains issues with liquor store at hearing.

The Boston Licensing Board today unanimously approved a plan by Camilo Liquors III to move from its current ramshackle location at the corner of Edgewater Drive and River Street to a better maintained building next door, over the objections of ministers and parishioners at the Church of the Holy Spirit, who say the store's often angry customers sit - and urinate and defecate - on church property. Read more.

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