Tuesday, January 26, 2021

New Jersey

West Orange Enjoys Virtual Menorah Lighting

As in years past, Chabad of West Orange held a public menorah lighting in front of the West Orange Town Hall on the fifth night of Chanukah, yet in true 2020 fashion, this one was streamed on Facebook Live. Hosted by Rabbi Mendy Kasowitz, the event was attended by West Orange Mayor Robert Parisi, Town Historian Joseph


Comedian S.J. Tannenbaum Raises the Roof at The Bridge

On Monday, December 7, socially distanced patrons enjoyed the delicious food of The Bridge Turkish and Mediterranean Grill Restaurant in Highland Park along with an exclusive performance by comedian and impressionist S.J. Tannenbaum.

Tannenbaum brought up the difficult topic of dating and how


Life Is Not a Game of Monopoly: A Grandparent’s Story

Growing up we are taught that if one is good, two is even better. A double portion of dessert, two-for-one ticket prices, two scoops of ice cream—you get the message. But what happens when that double portion is an extra chromosome? The answer is simple but very complicated at the same time: It’s called Down Syndrome.



Dr. Ellie Schainker to Speak at YINR on Tsarist-Era ‘Epidemics, Agunot and Mass Media’

Women’s Initiative for Jewish Studies (WIJS) at Young Israel of New Rochelle is proud to present Dr. Ellie Schainker on Sunday, December 20 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) on Zoom. Schainker will be the third speaker in the monthly scholarly programming offered by WIJS at YINR. She will speak on the subject “Epidemics, Agunot and Mass Media:


Jersey City, a Year Later

A year after what New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal called “the worst act of domestic terrorism in New Jersey history,” he and other leaders of the Jewish and secular communities came together to mourn the four victims killed in the attack on a Jersey City kosher supermarket.

Grewal was one


Mermelstein Family Marks Shelly's First Yahrzeit

It’s hard to believe a year has gone by since the horrific car accident that shook the Teaneck community and claimed the life of Shelly Mermelstein, z”l, longtime Teaneck resident, beloved community staple and true baal chesed. In honor of his first yahrzeit, his family gathered together Motzei Shabbat Chanukah, with


Yeshiva University Celebrates 96th Annual Chanukah Dinner Online

(Courtesy of Yeshiva University) On Sunday, December 6, Yeshiva University was proud to celebrate its 96th Annual Chanukah Dinner. Reimagined this year as a virtual event, the dinner featured an interactive program allowing guests to choose their own event. The new format expanded the reach of the Chanukah Dinner with over 4,600


Daughters of Israel Celebrates Thanksgiving

(Courtesy of Daughters of Israel) Daughters of Israel staff helped residents creatively celebrate Thanksgiving this year, while social distancing. Activities included card making, trivia games and a “Thankful Tree” interactive discussion. In addition, there was a parade with music, balloons and refreshments on


Q&A With Rabbi Kenny Schiowitz, Outgoing RCBC President

No one could have predicted, least of all Rabbi Kenny Schiowitz himself, that he would be compelled to lead a 20-plus-rabbi-strong rabbinic council and kashrut agency during a worldwide pandemic, or that his group would have as much impact as it has had. While the Ramaz gemara teacher and rav of Teaneck’s Congregation Shaarei


Teaneck Mikvah Offers Special Memento

(Courtesy of Teaneck Mikvah) We all clearly remember that fateful week in March 2020 when the RCBC courageously decided, based on medical guidance, to close our shuls and our schools, our basic religious institutions. It was a decision of historic proportions that later became the norm for all religious institutions. In doing so, many lives


CBY Drive-In Chanukah Celebration Looks to Bring Light

Searching for some light in this year’s Chanukah celebration? The David Frohlich, z”l, youth department of Congregation Bnai Yeshurun has teamed up with Black Arrow productions, led by Nochi Krohn, to bring the greater Bergen County area an exciting Chanukah celebration.

On Dec. 13, two performances


JFCS Launches New Logo

(Courtesy of JFCS) In connection with its new marketing, Jewish Family and Children’s Services of Northern New Jersey has adopted a new logo. Developed by HarrisonRand, a family-run agency based out of Hudson County, with input from staff and board members, it is a distinctive design that symbolizes how JFCS has continued to be a