Sunday, May 16, 2021

New Jersey

The Time Has Come

With the help of HaKadosh Baruch Hu, major steps have been taken in recent months, in our nation in general and in our local area in particular, toward the return to many aspects of our pre-COVID pandemic lives. With a significant portion of the adults in our community having already been vaccinated and with vaccines now being made


Ten Percent of Our Community’s Vote Is NOT Enough

(Courtesy of The Rabbincal Council of Bergen County) Imagine if only 10 percent of your congregation came to shul on Yom Kippur. What if just 10 percent of invited guests came to celebrate a family simcha? Or if only 10 percent of high school seniors got their diplomas at graduation?

These are


Yeshiva University’s 90th Annual Commencement to Take Place in Person

Former White House Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt to deliver keynote address.

(Courtesy of YU) As university commencement seasons begin around the country, Yeshiva University recently announced to its students that the school’s 90 thAnnual Commencement will take


NORPAC Mission to Washington Goes Virtual

After conducting its annual one-day pilgrimage to Washington for over two decades, NORPAC has honed its mission to a science. The event typically attracts more than 1,000 citizen-advocates from all over the tri-state area for small group meetings with members of Congress and their top aides. However, this


NJ Cites Pattern of Bias by Jackson Township

When Attorney General Gurbir Grewal filed a civil rights suit against Jackson Township and its land use boards, he cited a repeat pattern of intentional targeting of the Orthodox community and its religious practices, through zoning restrictions and discriminatory policy and enforcement strategies.



UJA-Federation of NY Announces $200,000 in Emergency COVID Grants to India

(Courtesy of UJA Federation) Responding to the staggering COVID-19 crisis in India, UJA-Federation of New York announced $200,000 in grants to four organizations that are working on relief efforts in the country: JDC, The Afya Foundation, IsraAID, and Gabriel Project Mumbai.


Jewish Home Offers In-Person Movie Screening to Vaccinated Audience

(Courtesy of The Jewish Home) The Jewish Home Family has invited the community to attend an in-person screening of “The Father” an award-winning film about a family living with the early signs of dementia. The nonprofit, which runs the Jewish Home at Rockleigh, Jewish Home Assisted Living and Jewish Home at Home, is limiting


DOROT Virtual Summer Teen Internship Program Proves Age Is Just a Number

(Courtesy of DOROT) For those 65+ and ready for a fun and rewarding virtual experience this summer, DOROT’s 2021 Summer Teen Internship program awaits.

The program brings together adults 65+ with a diverse group of teens for a highly collaborative, mutually engaging summer of fun, friendship,


YI of Kew Gardens Hills Plans Tribute to Rabbi Schonfeld, z"l

(Courtesy of YI of Kew Garden Hills) On Sunday June 6 at 1 p.m. Easterm time (8 p.m. in Israel), the Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills will hold a virtual memorial tribute to its founding rabbi, Rabbi Fabian Schonfeld, z”l, who passed away in December 2020.

Rabbi Schonfeld, an erudite


Bris Avrohom Celebrates Lag B'Omer

(Courtesy of Bris Avrohom) A Lag B’Omer family barbecue in honor of the holy day of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai was held at on the front lawn of Bris Avrohom, organized by Rabbi Avremy and Chaya Kanelsky (youth and Torah education directors of Bris Avrohom), alongside Mr. Levi and Rivki Kumer.


‘Strength to Strength’ Hosts Virtual 5K to Support Terror Victims

“Come out or stay in,” said Sarri Singer, about the upcoming virtual 5K, planned for May 21-23. The focus is on participation, rather than fundraising. Supporters and victims are encouraged to do anything they wish that will engender unity for them, in the name of Strength to Strength. However, some


Darchei Noam of Fair Lawn Reimagines the Virtual Dinner

(Courtesy of Darchei Noam) On the evening of Monday, May 3, members and supporters of Congregation Darchei Noam in Fair Lawn gathered virtually for yet another Zoom event. But this fundraising event was not another dinner or class; it was a truly unique variety event featuring contributions from all over the