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Second Annual Pre-Pesach Joint Learning Program to Be Held at Beth Sholom

On Shabbat, April 2, at 3:45 p.m., two Teaneck synagogues, Congregation Rinat Yisrael and Congregation Beth Sholom, will hold a pre-Pesach Joint Learning Program. The event will take place at Cong. Beth Sholom’s Schulman Auditorium, 354 Maitland Ave, Teaneck, NJ.

Following last year’s successful program, which attracted 200 participants, this unique partnership will again bring together members from each synagogue for a Torah study program. Participants will engage in small groups to study a number of Jewish texts related to the overarching theme of “Lefichach Anachnu Chayavim Lehodot: Can We Always Be Grateful? Should We Be? A Communal Study of Gratitude in the Jewish Tradition.” Texts will include the Haggadah, passages from the Talmud, midrashim and modern commentaries. The materials will be available in their original language as well as in English translation, enabling participants at all levels of Jewish knowledge and familiarity with classical sources to take an active part.

Planned collaboratively by a committee with representatives from both shuls’ Adult Education Committees, the program is offered at no charge to the community and members from other synagogues are also welcome to attend. Prior registration is required so that appropriate groupings can be arranged in advance. To register or for more information, please contact the Beth Sholom office at 201-833-2620 or via email at [email protected].


Teaneck Chamber of Commerce Seeks Nominees for Community Awards Dinner

The Teaneck Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that it is soliciting nominations from the Teaneck public for the upcoming community awards dinner to be held at the Teaneck Marriott at Glenpointe Hotel on Thursday, September 29. The categories include Man of the Year, Woman of the Year, Educator of the Year, Business of the Year, Community Achievement Award, Physician/Healer of the Year, Youth Achievement Award, Humanitarian of the Year, Cultural Arts Award and Lifetime Achievement Award.

To nominate a person or business for an award, please send a brief essay (no more than 500 words) along with a photo of the nominee/business to [email protected] with the subject line of “CAD Nominee 2016” no later than June 1. All nominations will then be reviewed by the Chamber’s board and committees and a final determination will be made by July 31 by announcement to the general public.

To receive additional information on the Teaneck Chamber of Commerce, its activities, programs, membership or to get on their email list, please visit the Chamber’s website at http://www.teaneckchamber.org; contact the Chamber office at (201) 801.0012 or email [email protected].


Teaneck-Hackensack Hadassah to Screen Wasserman on April 11

On Monday, April 11, at 1 p.m. the Teaneck-Hackensack Hadassah will present a film called Wasserman, at Congregation Beth Shalom, 354 Maitland Avenue, Teaneck, NJ.

Helen Levine, a lifetime Hadassah member and program coordinator will introduce the film.

The Avi Chai Foundation presents Israel Jewish Identity films. Wasserman is one of their films, which tells the story of a Holocaust Survivor who has renounced his spiritual self. However, when he is challenged by the Jewish community, Wasserman, the main character must make a decision.

After the film, Mrs. Levine will lead a discussion related to Wasserman and its ramifications.

This should be a very thought-provoking and interesting afternoon.

Refreshments will be served.


Yesh Tivka Launches Fertility Support Program

Yesh Tikva, a not-for-profit organization that provides emotional support to Jewish individuals facing fertility challenges, is proud to announce its most recent initiative, the ‘100 Shuls Project.’

Yesh Tikva’s ‘100 Shuls Project’ is a program to increase knowledge and understanding in the broader Jewish community about infertility and its emotional impact. On Shabbat morning of April 9, Rosh Chodesh Nissan, congregations throughout North America will join together with Yesh Tikva to share a special message about infertility awareness and sensitivity towards those struggling to have children.

The goal of the project is to ensure that individuals facing infertility do not feel alone and excluded during the approaching Passover holiday, a time when we are constantly reminded about the integral role children play in Judaism. The words of the haggadah, “And you shall tell your sons,” along with the seder’s focus on children, can pierce like a dagger through the hearts of those who struggle with infertility. The holiday serves as a direct and painful reminder of what these individuals desperately desire: a family.

This Passover holiday, join together with Yesh Tikva to ensure that those facing the challenges of infertility receive support and compassion from their communities, families and friends.

For a list of participating congregations visit this link, or use the contact information below to have your shul added: http://www.yeshtikva.org/participating-shuls/

Yesh Tikva, Hebrew for “There is Hope,” is a national not-for-profit organization, created in January 2015, to provide emotional support to those navigating infertility. Yesh Tikva provides the following support services: Fertility Friends, Infertility and Halakha resources, Insider’s Guide to Navigating Infertility and forums for sharing support and guidance. Yesh Tikva is also working to educate the Jewish community about the unique struggles that come along with infertility, including the Mikvah Infertility Awareness Campaign. Yesh Tikva aims to give infertility a “voice” so no one should have to feel alone or ashamed. For more information visit us at www.yeshtikva.org or email us at [email protected].


Yeshivat Noam Sponsors Purim Pasta-Grogger Drive

Seventh-grade volunteers from Yeshivat Noam are running a pasta-grogger drive this Purim! We are asking families to bring pasta boxes to shake as groggers in shul and then donate them in their shul’s drop-box. These pasta boxes will then be distributed by the seventh-grade volunteers to Tomchei Shabbos and The Jewish Federation March Mega Food Drive. Participating shuls include Congregation Keter Torah, Congregation Rinat Yisrael, Congregation Bnai Yeshurun, Young Israel of Teaneck, Congregation Beth Abraham, Congregation Shaarei Tefilah, Congregation Ohr Hatorah, Congregation Beth Aaron and Congregation Shomrei Torah of Fair Lawn. This is a great way to add more mitzvot, meaning and purpose to all of your family’s Purim holiday fun this year!


Congregation Shomrei Emunah of Englewood to Hold Megillah Reading and Purim Party

Congregation Shomrei Emunah of Englewood, located at 89 Huegenot Street, will be having a spirited Megillah reading at 8 p.m. on Purim night, March 23, followed by a festive party.

President Mark Finkel said that each year, more people in the area are drawn to the Shomrei Emunah Purim party for its uplifting atmosphere, children’s activities and substantial break-the-fast dairy buffet. A balloon artist will keep children enthralled during the Megillah reading and continue to entertain them throughout the evening. New this year will be a costume contest for children and adults with prizes awarded for the most imaginative and creative outfits.

There is no charge to attend but reservations are requested by emailing [email protected] or calling the Shomrei office are 201-567-9420.

Congregation Shomrei Emunah is a small, warm, Orthodox synagogue under the leadership of Morah D’asrah, Rabbi Menachem Genack, who is also the Chief Executive Officer of Kashrus for the Orthodox Union.

Finkel invites newcomers and long-time residents alike to get a taste of Shomrei Emunah for Purim. “See how nice a small synagogue can be where everyone knows your name.”


Teaneck High School Students to Perform ‘Grease’

The Teaneck High School Theater Department is proud to present “Grease the Musical” on Saturday, March, 19, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 20, at 3 p.m. The 1950s high school dream is about to explode in Grease, a rock and roll musical that is both an homage to the idealism of the 50s and a satire of high schoolers’ age-old desire to be provocative and rebellious. Grease recalls the music of Buddy Holly, Little Richard and Elvis Presley that became the soundtrack of a generation. Starting off with an eight-year Broadway run, Grease is among the world’s most popular musicals and has a cult-like following. The Theater Department has been extremely sensitive and accommodating of the Shabbos observance of the play’s performers.

General admission is $15. For more information contact [email protected].

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