Saturday, October 31, 2020

New Jersey

NJJBA Hosts Live Presidential Debate With NJ Focus

(Courtesy of NJBBA) On Tuesday, Oct. 22, the New Jersey Jewish Business Alliance (NJJBA) hosted a unique live “presidential” debate with a Jersey and Jewish perspective on issues of interest to the state’s Jewish and business communities. The debate took place at New Jersey City University’s main campus in front of


Revisiting the ‘Virtual Minyan’ Concept

For more than 10 years, Aaron Lehmann, a long-time resident of Bergen County and now of Boynton Beach, Florida, has been a strong proponent of the virtual minyan, and now in this era of a true public health emergency, he believes it’s time for a published listing of available minyanim to appear, at least online. “Hashem works in strange


Josh Joseph and the OU’s Monumental Impact

Rabbi Dr. Josh Joseph, who assumed the role of executive vice president and chief operating officer of the 400-synagogue strong Orthodox Union this fall, has deep and formative memories of the OU’s first monumental impact on his life.

Now tasked with managing a wide-ranging


Join the Great DISTANCED Challah Bake This Year

(Courtesy of Jewish Journeys) What a difference a year makes! Last October, Jewish Journeys along with a team of community volunteers were busy sorting ingredients and preparing a huge venue in preparation for the 800 women who were registered to attend the yearly, Great BIG Challah Bake. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic,


RZA Taps Rabbi Ari Rockoff as New Exec. VP

(Courtesy of RZA) The Religious Zionists of America (RZA), the U.S.-based branch of World Mizrachi and umbrella organization for the American Religious Zionist movement, has named a well-regarded Jewish communal leader, Rabbi Ari Rockoff of West Hempstead, as its executive vice president.



Middlesex Community to Discuss Racism Viewed Through a Torah Lens

The Orthodox Forum of Edison/Highland Park will present Rabbi Jeremy Wieder, rosh yeshiva, Yeshiva University, online on Motzei Shabbat, November 7 at 8 p.m. Rabbi Wieder will focus on two aspects of racism through the prism of Torah. First, a halachic/hashkafic evaluation of racism against specific ethnic groups as well as towards non-Jews


‘Still Got Tags’ Gemach Is Up and Running

With autumn in full swing and many children in school, parents may be thinking about their wardrobes. That’s where Still Got Tags comes in. A new gemach for brand-new children’s clothing, Still Got Tags, based in Bergen County, is a great option for parents to find or donate children’s clothes.


Natan Sharansky, Dr. Alan Kadish and Gil Troy On Jewish Oppression and Salvation

(Courtesy of Touro College) On Wednesday, October 14, Touro President Dr. Alan Kadish hosted Natan Sharansky and Gil Troy in an engaging and eye-opening discussion on the current situation in Israel and the consequences of missteps in the political arena. A Jewish political prisoner who spent decades fighting for


‘Shtisel’ Star to Host AMIT Academy Awards

(Courtesy of AMIT) Ayelet Zurer, star of “Shtisel,” “Munich” and “Angels & Demons,” will host “The Bessies,” AMIT’s Academy Awards, with special appearances by Mayim Bialik and musical superstar Idan Raichel. Nancy Spielberg, writer and producer, will serve as a guest judge of the student films. Named


Binge-Watching the Best of Israeli Cinema

(Courtesy of JFNNJ) For more than 20 years, the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey has been bringing a taste of Israeli cinema to the community. Theaters from Wayne to Teaneck to Jersey City had special showings of featured Israeli movies. “The committee devoted months to previewing movies to make sure they were choosing the ‘best


Free COVID-19 Testing Available in Your Home

Throughout his almost 35-year professional career as a cardiologist, Dr. David Schechter has found that for many of his patients, following up with blood tests and immunizations is not a simple task. How much more difficult this has become in the current world. Standing in line for a COVID-19 test at an urgent-care facility often


Daughters of Miriam Annual Golf Classic Sees Record Turnout

(Courtesy of Daughters of Miriam) The 40th Annual Daughters of Miriam Golf Classic hosted a record number of golfers who turned out to support this year’s tournament in memory of Golf Classic Co-Chairman David Kessler. Kessler, who passed away suddenly in May 2020, was remembered in a moving tribute that brought tears to