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Looking for a seder? See our annual list of
Passover Seders Open to the Community

Jewish Summer Camps & Programs


It is not too late to make plans for your child to attend a Jewish summer camp or program this summer.  See our Directory for all the Jewish options in New England and other nearby states.  Read the article for advice on how to choose a camp and on the particular benefits of a Jewish camp.  Think summer!


Directory of Jewish Summer Camps & Programs
Excerpt on Jewish camps from How to be a Jewish Parent by Anita Diamant and Karen Kushner


If you need help during these difficult economic times:

Emergency Assistance (funding for basic needs and referrals to community resources)
Jewish Family & Children's Service (JF&CS)    781-693-1409
Jewish Family Service of Metrowest               508-875-3100
Yad Chessed (financial assistance only)          617-787-1133

Employment and Career Services
Jewish Vocational Service    617-399-3162

Legal Assistance
Bet Tzedek (JF&CS)    781-647-5327

Domestic Violence   
Kol Isha (JF&CS)    781-647-5327

Elder Care
CJP SeniorDirect    800-980-1982

Youth Mentoring and Family Case Management
Jewish Big Brothers & Big Sisters    617-558-6534

                      Educational Loans for Local Jewish Women

The Max G. Rosenfeld Foundation offers non-interest loans to young Jewish women of the Greater Boston area for technical training or undergraduate and graduate programs.  Qualifying students repay their loans on a regular monthly basis after they have completed their studies and are working.  Loans up to four thousand dollars are made on an annual basis to students who maintain a satisfactory grade average.  Applications must be submitted by April 30.  All requests for applications should be made in writing to : Mrs. Ruth F. Wolf, Scholarship Counselor, c/o Jewish Family and Children's Service, 1430 Main Street, Waltham, MA 02451.

Volunteer Opportunity of the Month
JWH Tikun Olam Family Work Project
August 2009

Tikun Olam is the Hebrew for 'repairing the world."  Sometimes, this mitzvah takes the form of actual manual labor.  If you are interested in a different kind of Tikun Olam experience, consider joining the fourth annual week-long JWH Tikun Olam Family Work Project taking place August 16-21, 2009.  We travel as an informal group to the remote northern town of Limestone, Maine, where we spend five days doing construction and repair for individuals in dire need who have been identified by a local clergy person.  The group is not officially affiliated with any one synagogue, but it is a loose conglomerate of Jewish individuals and families from Greater Boston.

The trip is designed to accommodate families as well as individual participants.  The minimum age is 12, and all children under 18 must be associated with at least one adult participant - typically, but not necessarily, a parent.

Typical jobs in the past have included building wheelchair ramps, insulating walls, replacing windows, fixing porches, and painting the outsides of rehabilitated houses.  While maven-with-a-drill skills are helpful, all you'll really need is a willingness to work, to learn, and to help us fulfill our motto: "Repairing the World - One House at a Time."  For more information about the trip, and to fill out a short "I'm interested" form that will put you on the mailing list, please click here.

Questions?  Contact Mark Horenstein at mnh@bu.edu or 617-353-9052.


Our Israel pages provide you with news and other information on life in Israel, and resources that will help you plan a trip, buy Israeli products, lobby your representatives, support the Israeli population, and gain a greater understanding of the role of Israel in Jewish and world affairs.

Click here to go to our Israel resources



More Passover Resources
coming soon!
Send us your Passover recipe
and you may be published on
our Food Page!

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Weekly Jewish Wisdom
Dr. Erica Brown
"A Traveler's Prayer"

March 22, 2009

Dispatches from an Anxious State
by Daniel Gordis
"Why Would You Live Here"
March 18, 2009

New Classified Ads
Female Roommate Needed in Newton
Job Ads: Accounts Receivable Coordinator,
Hebrew School Teachers

Now on our Food Page

New Recipe:
Sole Provencal
Easy, light, and flavorful -
a great company and Passover dish!

Passover Menus & Recipes
All the traditional dishes, plus lots more!

New recipes coming soon!

Go to Our Food Page
Search Our Recipe File
Search Our Kosher Food Directory
Send us your Recipe 


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Friday, March 27, 2009
Light candles at 6:46 pm
Shabbat ends at 7:48 pm on Saturday
Torah Portion: Vayikrah
Rosh Chodesh Nisan is on
Thursday, March 26, 2009