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Ghetto Survivors Sought for Pension Disbursements

Dr. Wallace Greene, on behalf of Beit Ahavah VeTorah, is calling for donations to be used towards a media campaign notifying ghetto survivors that they qualify for pension benefits as per a new stipulation by the German government. Beit Ahavah VeTorah is an educational organization running a Holocaust Compensation Assistance Program that seeks to provide Holocaust and ghetto survivors with the compensation they deserve. Many ghetto and Holocaust survivors are living in poverty and this pension would greatly benefit them. Heirs of ghetto survivors may even apply for this pension if their parent has died within the past 12 years. Donations can be made to fund the ad campaign at various levels: $18, $36, $100, $250, $500 and $1000. To donate, visit For more information visit

Friendship Circle’s ‘Dad’s Night Out’ Is July 9

The Friendship Circle’s “Dads’ Night Out” barbeque has been rescheduled for July 9th, weather permitting, from 7:00-9:30 pm. Dads’ Night Out is an opportunity for dads with kids with special needs to get together with good food and share in an open and relaxing environment. Craig Solomon will be catering the grilling event and giving the dads grilling tips, as well as leading a pickle-making workshop. Join Friendship Circle on this unique, dads-only evening for a chance to meet, support and network with other Friendship Circle dads.

Holocaust Movie ‘Kiselev’s List’ to be Screened; Survivor Bertha Cremer-Karasek to Attend

Kiselev’s List will be screened on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at 8:00pm at Lubavitch on the Palisades, 11 Harold Street in Tenafly. Kiselev’s List is a documentary movie about Soviet partisan Nikolai Kiselev, a World War II hero who led over 200 Jews including women, children, and elderly to safety from occupied Belarus. When the Jews of Dolginovo (Dalhinev) were under attack by the Nazis in 1942, some people managed to escape to the surrounding forests. Nikolai Kiselev, a non-Jewish Russian partisan, led them to safety 1500 kilometers to the east behind Russian army lines. Kiselev managed to save over 200 people including women, children, and the elderly, at great personal risk. He was later recognized by Yad Vashem as Righteous Among the Nations. This film is an award-winning Russian documentary, has English subtitles and narration, and is about 45 minutes in length.

Bertha Cremer-Karasek, who has a most unique survival story, will be in attendance to share her personal memories and answer questions. The cost is $10 per person.

RSVP: or call 201-871-1152

Holocaust Era Children’s Opera to Be performed by the Thurnauer School Chorus

On Thursday June 18th at 6:30 pm, the Young People’s Chorus at Thurnauer School of Music will perform the Holocaust era children’s opera Brundibar, as part of the 16th annual Sandra O. Gold Founder’s Day Concert at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades. This event features the Thurnauer School’s student ensembles and pays tribute to Dr. Sandra O. Gold, who had the vision to create a community music school at the JCC. Brundibar is a collaboration between the Kaplen JCC’s Judaic department and the Thurnauer School of Music. Pulitzer-Prize winning author Tony Kushner adapted the original Czech libretto, written by Adolf Hoffmeister, to the English version that will be performed. The opera tells the story of a brother and sister’s struggle and ultimate triumph in nursing their ill mother back to good health, despite a cruel organ grinder. “Brundibar is a beautiful children’s story, extolling the virtues of courage and cooperation and collective action against tyranny,” wrote Kushner. The opera has its ties to the Holocaust. It was performed only once in Prague in 1942, before the Czech Jews were transported to Theresienstadt concentration camp, and later used by the Nazis as war propaganda in their film, Theresienstadt: A Documentary Film from the Jewish Settlement Area. Tickets are $8 for JCC members and $10 for nonmembers. Contact the JCC Thurnauer School of Music at 201-408-1465 for more information.

Sephardic Minyan Forming at the Jewish Center of Teaneck

On Shabbat Mevorchim, the Jewish Center of Teaneck, located at 70 Sterling Place, will be starting a Sephardic minyan, beginning July 11th and August 8th. The dates of the forthcoming meetings will be announced via various papers and email. There will also be a KinderShul for children ages 3-8 to attend while their parents are at services. After the Shabbat morning service there will be a joint kiddush for the main minyan and Sephardic minyan at approximately 11:45. Kiddush sponsors are welcome for Shabbat Mevorchim: $18 for an individual, $36 for a family. For more information call the office at the Jewish Center, 201-833-0515 ext. 200.

Paint Night with Ahavat Shalom

On Saturday Night, June 27th, at 10:15 pm, Congregation Ahavat Shalom will be hosting a paint night event at Creative Spirits Pottery, located in Englewood. Prices are $70 per couple for the early bird special, due by June 10th. After June 10th, the price will be $80 per couple. The price will include two canvases, pizza, and beverages. Sign up through the shul’s facebook page.

Ma’ayanot Continuing Education Committee Presents Shiur Series

The Ma’ayanot Continuing Education Committee is offering a series of shiurim presented by Mrs. Rivka Kahan, principal of Ma’ayanot, and Dr. Raizel Yaish, Director of Guidance at Ma’ayanot. The title of the series is: “Bekhol Levavka Uvekol Nafshekah: The Interplay of Torah and Psychology.” The last shiur in the series will be given this Thursday, June 11th, at 11 am, at the Ma’ayanot Library. The shiur will be on the topics of depression and positive psychology. It will include an examination of mizmorim of lament in Tehillim and the complex emotions they express and a survey of psychological literature on depression, treatment, and positive psychology. Both men and women are welcome. If you would like to sponsor a shiur, contact Pam Ennis at 201-833-4307, ext. 265.

Dr. Shalom Kelman, Scholar in Residence at Rinat Yisrael

On Shabbat, June 20th, 2015, Rinat Yisrael’s Adult Education program will host Dr. Shalom Kelman as scholar in residence. Dr. Kelman, a graduate of Yeshiva College and the Albert Einstein School of Medicine, is a neuro-ophthalmologist from Baltimore, MD. His shiurim employ a text-based approach that extend the insights of Rav Meir Simcha of Dvinsk, the author of the Meshech Chochma. They also provide a scientific and archeological perspective to his insights. Dr. Kelman will be giving two presentations: Shabbat afternoon, 6:55-7:55, entitled, “The Temple Honor Guard and the Mystery of the Ketoret,” and Shabbat afternoon, after mincha, entitled, “The Korbanot of Sukkot: Their Number and Order.” The community is invited to attend.

OU Advocacy New Jersey Plans Missions to Trenton

The OU Advocacy center held a lobbying mission to Trenton on Thursday, June 11th, and will be running another on  Monday, June 15th, lasting from 10 am to 4 pm. Participators will meet with the legislators from their respective districts. Individuals living in district 37, which includes Alpine, Bogota, Cresskill, Englewood, Englewood Cliffs, Fort Lee, Hackensack, Leonia, Northvale, Palisades Park, Rockleigh, Teaneck and Tenafly, were invited to join Thursday, June 11th’s mission. Individuals living in district 38, which includes Bergenfield, Fair Lawn, Glen Rock, Hasbrouck Heights, Hawthorne, Lodi, Maywood, New Milford, Oradell, Paramus, River Edge, Rochelle Park and Saddle Brook, are invited to join Monday, June 15th’s mission. Lunch will be provided. To register for the mission, visit

Fair Lawn’s Congregation Darchei Noam to Hold Used Book and Literary Fair

Congregation Darchei Noam of Fair Lawn, NJ is hosting a day of literacy and entertainment, on Sunday, June 14th, from 10:30 AM to 4:45 PM. The fair will feature notable authors such as Ruchama King Feuerman, a National Jewish Book Award finalist, and a reading by Rabbi Dr. Abraham Kuperberg from his book, Memoirs of a Holocaust Survivor: Icek Kuperberg. The event will also feature an open mic reading where writers can share their own story or poem. For younger readers, there will be a children’s story hour and a Puppet Workshop based on characters from Anna Olswanger’s Shlemiel Crooks. Hundreds of books will be available to buy at low prices. Unwanted books in good condition can be dropped off in the shed at the back left side of 23 Chittenden Road.

Bnai Yeshurun Celebrates 30th Anniversary of Rabbi Pruzansky

On June 13th, Shabbat Parshat Shelach, Congregation Bnai Yeshurun will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of Rabbi Steven Pruzansky’s receiving semicha and entering the Rabbinate. An enjoyable and inspiring program will take place in the New Main after davening, at approximately 10:55 AM, followed by a Men’s Club Kiddush.

Summer Performance Program at JCC Palisades Still Taking Students

The Kaplen JCC’s three week summer performance intensive program will provide children and teens interested in theater with the opportunity to develop professional skills in acting, singing, comedy and movement. The performance intensive will feature beloved Broadway musical numbers, comedy skits, short scenes, rock songs and up and coming pieces. It will be led by Joseph A. Baker, a Broadway musical director who has performed in shows such as Wicked and The Lion King, accompanied by various guest Broadway instructors. Baker will also be joined by three young Broadway stars: Henry Hodges, who starred in Beauty and the Beast, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Mary Poppins, Rozi Baker, who starred in Shrek, Mary Poppins and Bonnie and Clyde, and Emily Rosenfeld, who starred in Annie, who will assist their student peers by sharing their experience and enthusiasm for theater. The program will culminate with a performance in a New York City venue on July 23rd, and a performance in Bergen PAC’s Cabaret Space on July 24th. Interview and audition required. Cost is $995 for JCC members, $1,195 for non-members. Contact JCC School of Performing Arts Director Deb Roberts for details at 201-408-1492 or [email protected].

OU-JLIC Presents ‘The Orthodox Jew and the Secular University Campus’

The Orthodox Union’s Seif Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus (OU-JLIC) presents a panel discussion at Bnai Yeshurun on June 13th at 8:15 PM, on “The Orthodox Jew and the Secular University Campus” with Rabbi Ilan Haber, OU JLIC National Director, Rabbi Yaakov and Racheli Taubes, OU JLIC Educators UPENN, Rabbi Adam and Sara Frieberg, OU JLIC Educators Rutgers University.

Additionally, at 6:55 PM, at Congregation Rinat Yisrael, in the main shul, JLIC will offer, “The Orthodox Student and the Secular College Campus: Opportunities and Challenges”, a discussion led by Rabbi Noam Friedman,  OU-JLIC educator at Columbia University/ Barnard College and Rabbi Ilan Haber, OU-JLIC National Director. Rinat is at 389 W. Englewood Avenue in Teaneck.

Moriah to Host 12th Annual Golf, Tennis & Cycling Outing

The Moriah School in Englewood, NJ, which educates more than 800 students from across Bergen County, will be hosting their 12th Annual Golf, Tennis & Cycling Outing on Monday, August 10th. The event will take place at Edgewood Country Club, in River Vale, NJ from 9:00 am – 8:00 pm.

Each year Moriah holds an online auction that helps raise additional funds for Moriah. The auction will be held from August 5, 2015 through August 9, 2015 at Auction items include tickets to major sporting events & concerts, golf foursomes, beauty treatments, children’s classes and camps, personal training packages, travel-related items and gift certificates to local stores and restaurants.

For more information on Moriah or the 12th Annual Golf, Tennis & Cycling Outing, please contact Nila Lazarus (Director of Development) 201-567-0208 ext. 373 or [email protected]. To register for the dinner, go to

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