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October 6, 2012

North Shore religion news in brief

Family Promise North Shore Boston, a new interfaith nonprofit, hired its first executive director, Elise Sinagra. Sinagra will lead the organization’s work in addressing the growing problem of homelessness among families on the North Shore by enabling volunteers to provide shelter and care for families in houses of worship while helping them find permanent housing, employment and services. The interfaith coalition spans congregations throughout the North Shore including in Beverly, Danvers, Hamilton, Ipswich, Salem, Swampscott, Topsfield and Wenham. Also, a benefit concert for the organization, titled “A Tribute to the Beatles” with Peter Stewart and Friends, is set for Sunday, Oct. 21, at 3 p.m., at the First Church in Wenham, 1 Arbor St. For more information, visit www.familypromisensb.org, or email familypromisensb@gmail.com.

Torah Hub, a North Shore Adult Jewish Education Collaborative, is a free program that explores Judaism and Social Justice. The program begins Thursday, Oct. 18, at the NSJCC in Marblehead, with a keynote lecture by Rabbi Jill Jacobs titled “Jewish Social Justice: New Fad or Ancient Tradition?” The Monday night portion of the series, led by Temple Sinai’s Rabbi Fine, will be held at Aviv Center in Peabody on Oct. 29, Nov. 12 and 19, and Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m. Topics focus on Jewish Food Ethics for the 21st Century. The Thursday night portion of the series, led by Rabbi Margie Klein of Congregation Sha’arei Shalom, will be held at the NSJCC in Marblehead at 7:30 p.m., on Oct. 25, Nov. 8 and 29, and Dec. 6, focusing on “Transforming Ourselves, Transforming the World.” The final session, featuring a symposium led by local rabbis, is set for Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m., at the NSJCC in Marblehead. All sessions are free and open to the public. Registration is required and can be done at http://www.jfns.org/torahhub.aspx, or contact Alanna Cooper at acooper@jfns.org or 978-224-4096.

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