Sunday, May 31, 2020

New Jersey

Bris Avrohom Celebrates Purim

(Courtesy of Bris Avrohom) Bris Avrohom celebrated Purim in the Circus with a Megillah reading, live music with Sandy Shmuely, dancing and a delicious catered feast. In continuing with the spirit of Purim, Rabbi Mordechai Kanelsky, executive director of Bris Avrohom, distributed mishloach manot and matanot


Coronavirus Precautions Radically Reshape Jewish Life in Middlesex County

Observant Jewish life is known for many things, but one thing it’s not usually known for is adapting to new circumstances with great speed. This caution has served us well over the centuries, as each new fad shined brightly then slowly receded from favor.

The coronavirus era has challenged rabbanim, shuls and yeshivot to rapidly process changing situations,


Forming Bonds That Defy Quarantine

It was almost midnight last Tuesday when an idea came to Rebecca Mischel, the rebbetzin of Suburban Torah in Livingston. She sent a quick message to an informal WhatsApp group, composed of over 75 women of all ages from the shul’s community. “I keep thinking about all the families quarantined in New Rochelle…how can we show


Teaneck Motzei Shabbat COVID-19 Update from Mark Schwartz

Editor's note: Teaneck Mayor Mohammed Hameeduddin shared on Motzei Shabbat, March 14, that Teaneck currently has 11 confirmed cases of COVID-19, six of which are in the ICU. And 40 more patients under observation. All of the patients are at Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck.

As many of you have seen and heard, our mayor has requested all


Jewish Communities in Middlesex Respond to Coronavirus Threat

With the overabundance of news on the Coronavirus pandemic, it’s hard enough to stay current on recent developments and determine what are reasonable precautions in your area.

When you’re an observant Jew and your routine includes a weekly 25 hour news blackout, and a shul-going experience that puts you in the middle of a crowd of people for hours, that


Essex and Union Counties Respond to COVID-19 Pandemic

By Jill Kirsch

On the heels of this week’s World Health Organization announcement that the novel coronavirus crisis has now reached pandemic levels, local communities took action to help slow the spread of the virus. According to experts, the goal is to “flatten the curve,” using social distancing as a means to control the virus’ spread in an effort to


Bergen County Rabbis: ‘Being Proactive, Getting in Front of the Curve, Will Save Lives’

On Wednesday evening, more than 60 people; community rabbis, school heads and other organizational leaders from Bergen County, convened with city board of health officials and medical representatives from three local hospitals at Congregation Bnai Yeshurun in Teaneck. Their intent was to discuss the only issue at hand, that of doing their part in stemming the outbreak


Bergen County Rabbinical Council Shutters Minyanim, Restaurants, Recommends Against All Non-Essential Travel

Editor's note: Please see this week's editorial on page 8 of this Shabbat's paper, or click here

The Rabbinical Council of Bergen County has universally recommended a


President Trump to Headline Annual Republican Jewish Coalition Conference

The Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) will hold its annual leadership conference in Las Vegas this weekend, from March 13-15. The RJC is a political grassroots organization with a growing presence around the country. It provides a unique bridge between the Jewish community and Republican decision makers. The RJC is


Miriam Krupka Berger Gives Sara Lamm Dratch Memorial Lecture

Tamar and Yigal Gross remember their Aunt Sara, z”l, as funny, exuberant and tenacious. In 2013, at the age of 50, Sara was afflicted with a virulent illness and was quickly and tragically taken from her adoring family and community.

Sara Lamm Dratch was the youngest child of Mindy and Dr


IDEA School Hosts Second ‘Exhibition Of Student Learning’ of the School Year

Housed at the state-of-the art, multi-functional Kaplen JCC on the Palisades, the Idea School hosted its second trimester Exhibition of Student Learning of the 2019-20 school year on Wednesday evening, February 26. In attendance were parents, siblings and extended family members, as well as community visitors who


Second Teaneck 5K/Fun Run to Be Held in May

(Courtesy of TOPS) On May 31, Teaneck will host its third 5K race, sponsored by the Teaneck Organization for Public Schools (TOPS), to help supplement funding for technology, math and literacy programs for the students of Teaneck’s public schools. The 5K race has been fully certified and sanctioned by U.S. Track & Field. There will