Tuesday, August 11, 2020

New Jersey

Yad Leah Drive-By Clothing Drive Elicits Massive Response

(Courtesy of Yad Leah) Over 500 Bergen County families lined up at the Yeshivat He’Atid parking lot to participate in the Yad Leah Drive-By Emergency Clothing Drive for Israel on Monday August 3. Capitalizing on the time at home to focus on helping others, hundreds of people combed through closets,


Just One Life Virtual Event Highlights Organization’s Crucial Work

One of the prime features, or challenges, of a fundraising event in the COVID-19 era is that often these functions are stripped down to their bare essentials.

Pre-COVID-19, a parlor meeting for an important cause would feature a set of ancillary


Grand & Essex Gives Free Dinner To Those Without Power

Hundreds turned up to Grand & Essex in Bergenfield on Wednesday when the store offered free dinners to all those without power after Hurricane Isaias stormed through on Tuesday. 

(Credit: Pinny Dolman)


Online Cybersecurity for Healthcare Program Launched by Touro College

(Courtesy of Touro College) Touro College will offer a post-bachelor’s certificate in cybersecurity beginning this fall, Touro President Dr. Alan Kadish announced today. The program will be presented online and is accessible to students across the U.S. These programs are part of the newly-launched graduate division,


Jewish Federation Provides Security Training for Faith and Public Safety Leaders

(Courtesy of Jewish Federation in the Heart of New Jersey) On July 28, Jewish Federation in the Heart of New Jersey, in partnership with the Jewish Federations of Greater MetroWest and Northern New Jersey, presented H.A.R.M. (hostility, anger and rage management) training for Jewish communal leaders on how to recognize, deter and


Valley Chabad’s Summer Virtual Friendship Circle Begins Second Month

(Courtesy of Valley Chabad) Valley Chabad’s Friendship Circle is an organization with the goal of creating a community in which children with special needs feel welcome and included.

Daniella Granin and Sophia Sklyar, two rising seniors from Ridgewood, have created a website to connect teen


World Mizrachi Campaign Defies COVID-19 to Raise $4.8 million

(Courtesy of World Mizrachi) The World Mizrachi 48-hour Emergency Campaign held July 27-28 reached a staggering $4.8 million, more than four times its expected target. This Mizrachi umbrella campaign was initiated on behalf of 50 institutions in Israel spanning the Torah spectrum.

An incredible


The COVID-Era's Unique Tisha B'Av

Tisha B’Av, a time of despondency, marks the loss and mourning of the destruction of the Holy Temples in Jerusalem and countless other tragedies in Jewish history. This year’s Tisha B’Av coincided with the losses, uncertainty and worry caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has also affected the way synagogues and


Gottheimer Announces Nonprofit Security and Counterterrorism Grants

(Courtesy of Rep. Josh Gottheimer) U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) announced that 13 organizations throughout New Jersey’s Fifth Congressional District—houses of worship, schools and local community organizations—received new nonprofit security grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for fiscal year 2020.


Hidden Sparks Unites Jewish Educators to Discuss Best Practices

(Courtesy of Hidden Sparks) As teachers across the world grapple with the challenges associated with distance learning and the possibility of beginning a new school year in virtual classrooms, nearly 100 teachers from Jewish day schools in New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Florida and Arizona joined together this week for a two-week


Refuat HaNefesh Announces New Executive Director

(Courtesy of Refuat Hanefesh) Refuat Hanefesh is excited to announce the hiring of Rabbi Noam Stein as their executive director. Rabbi Stein has a long history of leadership in the Jewish community and currently serves as the principal of Farber Hebrew Day School, which he will continue in addition to his role at Refuat Hanefesh.


YUConnects Hosts Financial Security Event for Singles

Can social distancing be compatible with social events for singles? With government and medical guidelines preventing in-person activities for the foreseeable future, YUConnects has been re-imagining meeting opportunities with activities that are more popular, and even more successful, than ever before.