May Doorpost Column

 Nancy Mae Shaines Memorial Library Sara Lesley Arnold, librarian The library has seen a lot of action the past few months, with the religious school’s HaSefer Basakit (book-in-a-bag) program thriving and lots of new books and DVDs coming in. Sara and the library committee have been continually finding ways to better your library experience andContinue reading “May Doorpost Column”

Preserving Iraqi Jewish Heritage

When an unexploded U.S. bomb in Baghdad caused a flood in the intelligence headquarters of Saddam Hussein, army troops discovered a treasure trove of tens of thousands of ancient objects and manuscripts, historic photos, books, and documents telling the story of Iraq’s once thriving Jewish community. I originally heard about this story in this piece fromContinue reading “Preserving Iraqi Jewish Heritage”

Limmud Boston

Along with my fellow staff members at the Temple Israel Hebrew school (with the initiative of Joan Nagler), I was fortunate to have the opportunity to attend Limmud Boston yesterday, a conference with seminars celebrating Jewish identity and learning.  I chose to check out the following bunch of seminars, mostly library and education related, but someContinue reading “Limmud Boston”

My Jewish Wedding

Since starting my librarianship at the Nancy Mae Shaines Memorial Library at Temple Israel, I have been thirsting to know more and more. Surrounded by vast knowledge documented in so many worlds, I had trouble knowing where to begin. I remembered little from Hebrew school and had historic time frames confused. I began to pickContinue reading “My Jewish Wedding”

Maccabiah Games 2013

At 16, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to spend six weeks in Israel, hiking, swimming, and touring (and clubbing!), all the while learning about my Jewish roots. At the end of the summer all the Young Judaea groups gathered for the 2-day Maccabiah games on the Sea of Galilee, where we competed againstContinue reading “Maccabiah Games 2013”

Stoudemire Wants Slice of Israeli Hoops Team

Originally posted on Truth, Praise and Help:
This post first appeared on the Forward. Amar’e Stoudemire wears a kippah to show his Jewish heritage. Amar’e Stoudemire is showing that he really owns his connection to Judaism. The Knicks player with Jewish roots announced on his Twitter account that he has joined a group that is trying to…

Stoudemire Wants Slice of Israeli Hoops Team

Originally posted on Truth, Praise and Help:
This post first appeared on the Forward. Amar’e Stoudemire wears a kippah to show his Jewish heritage. Amar’e Stoudemire is showing that he really owns his connection to Judaism. The Knicks player with Jewish roots announced on his Twitter account that he has joined a group that is trying to…

Dead Sea Scrolls in Boston

The library’s recent trip to view the Dead Sea Scrolls at Boston’s Museum of Science was a great success! We had more than 40 community members come together to explore our heritage and history, looking at artifacts ranging from 408 BCE to 318 CE. The low humidity and low light in caves in Qumran, nearContinue reading “Dead Sea Scrolls in Boston”