I began the Jewish New Year 5770 with a walk from Cleveland Circle station to Coolidge Corner. For my first Rosh Hashana in Boston, I attended prayer services at the Young Israel of Brookline synagogue. At the end of the service, I asked a mother when there would be blessings for red wine and challah. Oh, everyone goes home to make the blessings, she said, and without hesitation invited me to make kiddush with her family. Strangers no longer, we sipped grape juice and dipped challah in honey. Thanks to the kindness of Jewish neighbors in Brookline, I started the New Year on the right foot.
Beckie Loewenstein / Boston
In Stitches My niece’s family spent a vacation week in Maine this year. Despite the rain, her daughter enjoyed the trip and was especially happy about her purchase at the L.L. Bean store in Freeport: “I got a great backpack, and they mammogram it for free!”
Rita Connolly / Braintree
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