Rabbi Broitman: Hebrew Center Is Embracing a New Arrival
C.K. Wolfson

It was a reverent and quietly momentous occasion. Sixty-three years after its incorporation by 10 Island families, the Martha's Vineyard Hebrew Center installed its first full-time rabbi.

Saying, "We do this with the hope and expectation in our hearts that this blessing of having you as our spiritual leader will enable all of us to grow spiritually and in knowledge of Torah," Hebrew Center president Edward Schwartz officially installed Rabbi Caryn Beth Broitman.

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Families Celebrate Hanukkah with Wide-Ranging Traditions
Rachel Nava Rohr

Some unpack prolific menorah collections, many make latkes, others
make doughnuts and most buy presents - but whatever a
family's traditions to prepare for Hanukkah, hundreds of Islanders
will light the first menorah candles at sundown this evening, the
beginning of the eight-night Festival of Lights.

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Biographer Discusses Life of Jewish Radical Heschel

Celebrate Jewish Book Month with the Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center at 130 Centre street in Vineyard Haven, with a special reading on Sunday, Nov. 18, at 2 p.m. by author and seasonal resident Professor Edward Kaplan. He will speak about his new book, Spiritual Radical: Abraham Joshua Heschel in America 1940-1972.

Refreshments will follow, as well as the center’s book fair, with books for all ages.

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Service for Rabbi Heschel And Martin Luther King Jr.

The shabbat service at the Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center next Friday, Jan. 16, at 5:30 p.m., will pay tribute to the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his friend and colleague Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel.

The Martha’s Vineyard NAACP will cosponsor the tribute; Rabbi Caryn Broitman will lead the memorial service.

Excerpts from Rev. King and Rabbi Heschel’s speeches and writings will be read as part of the service.

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Equality for All Is Spiritual Bedrock
Lori Shaller

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is the secular articulation of the deepest truths of all spiritual traditions. It is the best, deepest and highest ideals of all traditions,” says Rabbi Brian Walt, a founder and former director of Rabbis for Human Rights-North America. Three years ago, that organization began to produce prayers, sermons and teaching materials linking the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to core Jewish values for use by Jewish congregations to celebrate International Human Rights Day. Today, Dec.

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Doing Something About Hunger
Remy Tumin

One day last April 91 Islanders visited the Island Food Pantry. Each person collected their allotted three bags of donated food, which meant 273 bags were distributed in a single day. It was a record in the pantry’s 30-year history.

That number is expected to climb in the coming year, pantry director Armen Hanjian said this week.

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