Temple Looks Past Bar Mitzvah ‘Ice Sculptures’

Some 80 percent of children who reach the Jewish rite of passage, Bar or Bat Mitzvah, don’t continue to practice Judaism or even go to synagogue. A cadre of educators in the reform movement hope to stop this attrition, they say, by adding meaning and reducing the fanfare.

Massachusetts U.S. Senator Calls Military Sexual Assault An Epidemic

Last week the Senate blocked a bill that would have stripped senior military commanders of their authority to prosecute rapes and other serious offenses in the ranks. Another bill dealing with some of the same issues is slated to come up for a vote Monday and Massachusetts U.S. Senator Ed Markey says he’ll support it.

An Intimate Portrait Of Caring

“The Caregivers” is a new book by western Massachusetts writer Nell Lake. It tells the story of people who turned to a support group as they watched over elderly parents and spouses. New England Public Radio’s Susan Kaplan asked Lake how she managed to paint such an intimate portrait of a group of strangers.