| By Irina Missiuro |
| Thursday, 13 February 2014 15:54|
When you were in your teens, you probably thought that life’s all about freedom from rules. In your 20s, you might have moved on to valuing adventure above all else. In your 30s, relationships and family took precedence. Once you reached your 40s, you might have found satisfaction in stability. The pattern is clear – as we age, our priorities shift. What we once saw as essential becomes less so. Often, we think to ourselves, wouldn’t it have been great to have known back then what I know now! Well, some folks in the the community did the legwork for you. The Voice asked five nonagenarian members of Tifereth Israel, a New Bedford egalitarian congregation affiliated with the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, to share their reflections on what keeps them going.
| By Geraldine S. Foster |
| Thursday, 13 February 2014 15:52|
Eldridge Street Synagogue /R.I. Jewish Historical Assoc.If you enter Eldridge Street in New York City from Division, you feel as though you had entered a foreign country. The cars parked nearby or trying to navigate its narrow confines bear New York license plates, but the language you hear on the crowded street and see emblazoned on storefronts is Chinese. Then you see #12 Eldridge Street, a large, red brick, “Moorish style” building, it is the Eldridge Street Synagogue, Kahal Adath Jeshurun. An anomaly now in the midst of Chinatown, it was once the centerpiece of a large, thriving Jewish community in the Lower East Side.
| By Kara Marziali |
| Thursday, 13 February 2014 15:46|
Whether they’re called grandma and grandpa, bubbe and zayde or savta and saba, it’s never too early to teach children about v’hadarta p’nei zaken, the Jewish tenet of respecting and caring for the elderly. “A Grandma/Grandpa Like Yours,” written by Andria Warmflash Rosenbaum and illustrated by Barb Björnson, provides that learning opportunity. The book is flipbook, designed to be read in one direction for the story on grandmas and the other for the story on grandpas.
| By Erin Gisherman Minior, LICSW |
| Thursday, 13 February 2014 15:45|
“My mother was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease three years ago. At first she was determined to beat the disease and remain independent, but unfortunately, the disease has taken over her life and now mine.
I have moved her into my home to make the responsibilities of caregiving easier, but with each passing day, I feel it is harder and harder for me to keep up with her needs. I am exhausted trying to keep up with her care, the needs of my family and my job. I have little patience at home, my job performance is suffering, and I barely have time to even sleep.
| Thursday, 13 February 2014 15:43|
What is my filing status now? Do I even have to file?
Your tax filing status is a category that identifies you, based on your marital situation on the last day of the year. Whether you have to file a tax return depends on your filing status, age, and gross income. When your filing status changes, the level of income that requires you to file an income tax return also changes.
What counts as income?
Generally income is taxable unless specifically exempted by law. While life insurance proceeds are rarely taxable, part of your Social Security benefits and IRA distributions may count as income.
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